Humility versus Aggression

The aggressiveness and self-assertion of the so-called carnal mind, as encountered in one's everyday contact with humanity, are difficult to cope with because of like qualities in one's own thought—human will and its counterpart, consent to domination, often the expediency of otherwise fine natures. Thus we see resentment rising up against what seems an encroachment. And fear is behind resentment—fear of some right invaded, or of the possible loss of something valued. Fear and ignorance of how to cope with the aggressiveness of the carnal or mortal mind are behind all conflict, from the first awakening of the babe to the possible loss of its treasured toy, which it sees held tightly in the fist of a small invader, to conflict and war between nations. Yet Jesus has shown, through his life and teachings, the way to heal all aggression. "The meek ... shall inherit the earth," he taught; and perhaps there is no quality that rises more spontaneously to our thought when we name the name of Christ than that of humility.

Through Christian Science we are led to ponder deeply the meaning of this wondrous quality, which in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 356) Mrs. Eddy has called "the genius of Christian Science," and to strive to bring it out in our lives. As step by step there is unfolded to us the divine Science that bases all of Jesus' acts and sayings, the secret to true dominion, exemplified by him in meekness and might, is revealed. The endeavor to take all of self out of any situation that confronts us, to eliminate all self-interest, self-love, self-will, and pride, is the means whereby our vision may be clarified and the way opened to let the light of divine Truth and Love uncover, heal, and adjust all things in accordance with God's law of perfect justice and harmony. Mrs. Eddy has written (ibid., p. 1), "Meekness heightens immortal attributes only by removing the dust that dims them." The willingness to relinquish human will and a personal claim to possession, because we know wherein lies all true substance—even in God—and understand its indestructibility and safety as that which proceeds from, abides with, and glorifies the Father, brings out in our experience the true power, peace, and dominion. This does not mean a surrender of Principle, but a stand with Principle.

"Be it song, sermon, or Science"
November 13, 1926

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