"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.

As we read this divine command, we should begin at once to obey it, and the decision to do so will prove both inspiring and refreshing. Error may argue that under the circumstances obedience is impossible, but Truth reminds us that "with God all things are possible," that "now is the accepted time," and experience will prove this to be so. If simple methods of frugality are insufficient and ordinary resolutions fail, one may make the method more radical, in the way of sacrifice and self-denial. He should see that possible heedlessness on his part may have brought much embarrassment if not trouble upon his creditors, and if there is a firm determination to do what is just and right, the way will be opened up to him. Meanwhile he may explain to each creditor that he will do his utmost to meet the obligation in full, and that his determination is never to incur debt again. If the sincerity of this action is proved by the avoidance of new obligations, even at the cost of extreme self-denial, creditors will see that it is the best they can hope for, and will treat one accordingly. Reform from the habit of living beyond one's demonstration is as necessary as reformation from any other form of dishonesty, and having done all in his power, one may like Paul thank God and take courage.

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Love's Never-failing Hand
October 30, 1915

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