"Owe no man"

"Christian Science teaches: Owe no man." These imperative words of our Leader in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 114), reiterate St. Paul's advice, and many have heard the command and sought to obey it. Testimonies are frequently given of those who were encumbered by debt but who, through a realization of the divine Mind as the only source of supply, have regained their financial footing and rejoice in freedom from anxiety.

Notwithstanding these proofs of divine care, some fail to grasp deliverance, and for years remain under a sense of humiliation because of unfulfilled obligations. Such a condition of indebtedness tends to become chronic. Those who cease to struggle against what seem overwhelming odds, and who continue to borrow whenever opportunity presents itself, may argue with themselves that they have obtained a livelihood with possibly a show of luxury, forgetting that borrowed plumes indicate loss rather than gain and do not become a Christian. If the words "Owe no man" have ceased to awaken even a desire for obedience to the command, this mental state will militate against fruitful effort in other directions, and one will not be the helpful, active member of church or community which his natural gifts would warrant. To such as desire freedom from this condition, Christian Science presents a sure way of deliverance.

Love's Never-failing Hand
October 30, 1915

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