THE word "sympathy" conveys to the human thought such diverse impressions that its use in Christian Science needs to be considered with care, in order that all it represents of good may not be lost sight of; and at the same time that its mistaken aspects may be recognized and avoided. Its derivation presents it as meaning a fellow-feeling, a kindred or like feeling. Thus it always takes its color from its associates, and the difference between true and false sympathy depends on whether it is united with good or with evil, with that which is right or with that which is wrong.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 366) Mrs. Eddy has written: "The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: 'He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?' Not having this spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which alone confers the healing power." We see, therefore, that true sympathy has a very important place in the demonstration of Christian Science. Indeed, sympathy when properly exercised is a divine quality which, unless understood and utilized, would leave one without the ability to help his neighbor. For how could one assist another into the understanding of greater good, if he did not first have the sympathy which longs to have good everywhere expressed?

March 10, 1923

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