Experience

Paul defines practical love in the thirteenth chapter of his first epistle to the Corinthians in a masterly way. He regarded his own definitions and was true to them through the many trials out of which he emerged with added patience and character. In his epistle to the Romans he declares that patience works out experience, "and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed." Some translators prefer the word character in lieu of the word experience, and would make the passage read: "Endurance produces character and character produces hope—a hope that never disappoints us, since God's love floods our hearts through the holy Spirit which has been given to us."

Mrs. Eddy valued the results of experience, and in the Journal for August, 1889 (Vol. VII, p. 237), her words are quoted as follows: "Let my students who reach good points in experience, and are able to tell them, write; several of them have proven their ability." Why is it that in writing about Christian Science mere visions and ecstasies, mere verbal skill and dialectics, or vividness of sense impressions which may result in so-called fine writing, are not useful? It would seem as if Mrs. Eddy has stated the reason, when she says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 293), "Experience weighs in the scales of God the sense and power of Truth against the opposite claims of error."

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