Put Up Thy Sword

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         While Jesus’ life was full of Love, and a demonstra-
         tion of Love, it appeared hate to the carnal mind, or
         mortal thought, of his time. He said, “Think not that
5      I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send
         peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at
         variance against his father, and the daughter against her
         mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-
         law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own house-
10    hold.”

         This action of Jesus was stimulated by the same Love
         that closed — to the senses — that wondrous life, and
         that summed up its demonstration in the command,
         “Put up thy sword.” The very conflict his Truth brought,
15    in accomplishing its purpose of Love, meant, all
         the way through, “Put up thy sword;” but the sword
         must have been drawn before it could be returned into
         the scabbard.

         My students need to search the Scriptures and “Science
20    and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” to understand
         the personal Jesus’ labor in the flesh for their salvation:
         they need to do this even to understand my works, their
         motives, aims, and tendency.

         The attitude of mortal mind in being healed morally,
25    is the same as its attitude physically. The Christian
         Scientist cannot heal the sick, and take error along with
         Truth, either in the recognition or approbation of it.
         This would prevent the possibility of destroying the
         tares: they must be separated from the wheat before
30    they can be burned, and Jesus foretold the harvest hour

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1      and the final destruction of error through this very pro-
         cess, — the sifting and the fire. The tendency of mortal
         mind is to go from one extreme to another: Truth comes
         into the intermediate space, saying, “I wound to heal;
5      I punish to reform; I do it all in love; my peace I leave
         with thee: not as the world giveth, give I unto thee.
         Arise, let us go hence; let us depart from the material
         sense of God’s ways and means, and gain a spiritual
         understanding of them.”

10    But let us not seek to climb up some other way, as we
         shall do if we take the end for the beginning or start
         from wrong motives. Christian Science demands order
         and truth. To abide by these we must first understand
         the Principle and object of our work, and be clear that
15    it is Love, peace, and good will toward men. Then we
         shall demonstrate the Principle in the way of His ap-
         pointment, and not according to the infantile concep-
         tion of our way; as when a child in sleep walks on the
         summit of the roof of the house because he is a som-
20    nambulist, and thinks he is where he is not, and would
         fall immediately if he knew where he was and what he
         was doing.

         My students are at the beginning of their demonstra-
         tion; they have a long warfare with error in themselves
25    and in others to finish, and they must at this stage use
         the sword of Spirit.

         They cannot in the beginning take the attitude, nor
         adopt the words, that Jesus used at the end of his

30    If you would follow in his footsteps, you must not try
         to gather the harvest while the corn is in the blade, nor
         yet when it is in the ear; a wise spiritual discernment

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1      must be used in your application of his words and infer-
         ence from his acts, to guide your own state of combat
         with error. There remaineth, it is true, a Sabbath rest
         for the people of God; but we must first have done our
5      work, and entered into our rest, as the Scriptures give

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Love is the liberator.