Loving Rebuke

In spite of the need of recognizing one's faults, there are very few who do not suffer under the rebuke of a friend. Sometimes we resist the friend, and deny him the right to judge us. If we have reached the point where we are so far separated from the love of self that we can bear loving rebuke, then only are we ready to judge the "righteous judgment" which helps others. Are we willing to submit ourselves to the scrutiny to which we would subject another? Are we willing to have our acts tested by the same standard we apply to him? Are we willing to accept the same judgment we pass on him?

Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 571), "It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and risk human displeasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race." Those who have yielded to the rebuke of a friend given in the spirit of the Christ have seen self go down and the light of Truth shine in their hearts. The rebuke is then without pain; and it is seen that it is only a belief of self that suffers. If there be a sense of suffering when we are rebuked, there should also be a sense of rejoicing, since we are passing through a process of purification of self. Mrs. Eddy tells us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 276), "When a false sense suffers, the true sense comes out, and the bridegroom appears."

Right Motives
May 19, 1923

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