"Son, thou art ever with me"

In the presence of God, infinite good, evil can neither exist nor be manifested. The glory of His presence puts to fight the dark dreams of sin, sickness, and death. Christian Science teaches that God is ever present Life, Truth, and Love, and that man's true selfhood exists and always has existed as His image and likeness, reflecting and expressing Him alone. On page 471 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence." As this truth becomes understood, and one recognizes man's indissoluble companionship with Principle, every honest effort to make this recognition practical in its application to human problems tends to elevate one's thought until one realizes the very presence of the only I am, where Principle and idea, God and His creation, dwell in unchanged and unchanging harmony and perfection.

A material universe cannot manifest the presence of the changeless Principle, Life. Only in infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation can we find reality, and learn what living really is. The only true consept of life is a unit, self-existent and creative. That is God, the only One. To be complete, the idea of life must correspond to this one Life, which is God. Man is the full expression of this Life, and reflects its activity, continuity, energy, and intelligence. There is no other man, in reality, but the image and likeness of this Life.

Neither can a material sense of love comprehend or express the fullness and affluence of divine Love, because such a sense of love is mortal, evanescent and changeable, and may be merely the satisfaction of sensuality, the sport of selfishness. It craves personality and can only bring a counterfeit peace, which may at any time be ruptured by bitterness, jealousy, or misunderstanding. When it is learned that only in God, Spirit, can the true idea of loving be found, because God is Love, and is ever present, the limited and selfish concept of love is replaced by the joyous acknowledgment that Principle and its idea are inseparable and dwell together harmoniously in Spirit. Then we begin to learn how to love one another truly. Said the beloved disciple, "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

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Overcoming Limitation
November 19, 1921

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