Good will is too often thought of as a mere human quality,...


Good will is too often thought of as a mere human quality, here to-day and gone to-morrow, largely a matter of personal relationships, the subject of personal likes and dislikes, personal inclinations or prejudices, finding more expression at one season of the year than at another. Good will certainly is a "good gift" and "from above," and therefore it is God's will. Being God's will, it is like God, "with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." When men come to realize that they express genuine good will to men only in proportion as they express God's will to men, and that, therefore, they express God's will to men only in the degree that they express good will to men, then they will strive to take their sense of good will above human likes and dislikes, inclinations and prejudices—up to the constancy and ever increasing beauty of all things spiritual. Mary Baker Eddy, in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902, told Christian Scientists, "No person can heal or reform mankind unless he is actuated by love and good will towards men."

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December 11, 1926

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