“Moral courage is ‘the lion of the tribe of Juda,’ the king of the mental realm. Free and fearless it roams in the forest. Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in ‘green pastures,…beside the still waters.’” (Science and Health, page 514)
The lion-like bravery that comes of claiming and standing with Principle is a freedom and a protection and a peace. That moral courage is not arrogance or blindness to challenge, but a serenity that comes of being at one with the divine purpose, that which is omnipotent, ever-present Love.
We can do the right thing, walk in the right path, doing unto others and doing right for ourselves, and maintain that power that is at the same time quietness and calm. We are strong in feeling our dominion everywhere, because we are shored up by those qualities that have no vulnerability, no argument, which can’t be shaken or accused. Our innocence is our shield from attack, and our faithfulness to Truth, is that sword that is conscious discernment, able to separate fearlessly that which is wrong from that which is not only right, but is just right and loving for all.
There is a calm rest in this moral courage. It is never a burden or a sacrifice. We have claimed who we really are, the very image and likeness and expression of God Himself, and in this there is no striving, but a simplicity of being. We walk in confident certainty, because we feel like ourselves, true to who we are, comfortable in our lives, ready for anything and ashamed of nothing. And this moral strength is not a human accomplishment, but divine grace. It is not gaining or giving up anything. It is acceptance. It is walking with a humble pride that we are God’s own ideal, His representative, and so we are in control, safe, and at peace.
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