Overcoming Discordant Relationship

One of the greatest blessings that Christian Science has brought into human experience is the understanding of how to overcome the sense of discord in human relationships. Undoubtedly, among the chief sources of mental distress, with its resultant physical suffering, are the discords arising from misunderstanding, incompatibility of temperament, the inability to appreciate another's point of view, with the almost inevitable conflict of human wills. Many thousands of students of Christian Science have testified at Wednesday evening testimony meetings and in our periodicals to their gratitude for having been lifted out of just such conditions of discordant relationship; for having, through the practice of its teachings, gained not only the broader viewpoint, which enables them to be tolerant of another's aims, or lack of aims, but also the ability to realize that individual unfoldment must necessarily differ, and that every individual has the perfect goal set before him, which must be reached sooner or later, whatever path is taken.

If it be the path of mistakes that is chosen, the lessons taught by the mistakes may become blessings, since "by reversal, errors serve as way marks to the one Mind," as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to theScriptures" (p. 267). Meanwhile the atmosphere of calm, undisturbed tolerance on the part of him who might otherwise be critical, harsh, or condemnatory, is more conducive to a realization of the error by the one involved, and to a clear perception of just where the mistake has been made and just how and where it should be corrected. So it is that through our own overcoming we may be instrumental in helping in the awakening and healing of our brother, instead of through condemnation and discouragement sending him farther down the scale of erroneous belief.

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