Charity

"Work out your own salvation." The value our Leader places on these words is shown by the number of times she refers to them in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." On page 443 she says that she "feels, as she always has felt, that all are privileged to work out their own salvation according to their light, and that our motto should be the Master's counsel, 'Judge not, that ye be not judged.' " If we are obedient to this counsel we shall keep our hands off our fellow traveler and let him take each step as he sees it, giving loving assistance when asked, but not a push of criticism when his step is not what we think it should be, nor a pull of impatience when the progress is not so rapid as we think possible.

Our Leader warns us of having to retrace our footsteps, and she also says (Science and Health, p. 542), "Justice marks the sinner, and teaches mortals not to remove the waymarks of God." Is it not by these very waymarks that we know how we are progressing in the path? We often find ourselves criticizing another fellow being for what he is doing or not doing, when that very person may be walking, far beyond our sight, with bleeding footsteps which are leading him closer to the throne of God because of his greater effort. The advice to be "wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" appears every day more important to those who are studying Christian Science, and demands of us constraint obedience to our Leader's teaching. In the Wednesday evening meetings periods of silence sometimes occur which are not desirable, for our meetings are feasts to which we invite the public. But are we going to help matters by thoughts of criticism toward this one or that one who has remained seated for so many weeks?

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