MEMBERS OF THE SAME BODY

A short time ago one of my fingers in some way became injured, and as I had for a long time been used to the harmonious working together of my members, the inconvenience caused by this finger's inability to do my will without giving pain, set me to thinking. It came somewhat as a surprise that so small a member could cause so much trouble, and I was made to realize how important it is for the best work of the whole that the parts express perfection. Then the truth as given by Paul, regarding the body of Christ, came to thought: "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."

The sacredness of this truth seemed to grow upon me. Then, in the midst of these exalted thoughts came the temptation to condemn severely some one for what seemed to be inexcusable actions. But, naturally, in the presence of my clear sense of the truth the temptation could not stand, and immediately came the redeeming thought, We are members of the same body. I then thought, What would be the result if we always worked as diligently to think of our brother as a member of the one body, as I did to realize the perfection of the true man and all his members? How much more love would be manifested, and how much more harmony would reign! Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health (p. 113) that the "vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love:" and Paul, in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, makes us feel that without love other things amount to nothing.

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