Joy

As we advance in the study of Christian Science we learn to express joy. Comparatively few, until instructed by this Science, realize that joy is a spiritual quality. Joy, love, gratitude, unselfishness, peace, and expectancy of good are seen to be indissoluble, when a right concept of joy is revealed. They all are qualities of Life; and as Mrs. Eddy says in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 548), "Earth has little light or joy for mortals before Life is spiritually learned," and in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 19), "The spiritual sense of Life and its grand pursuits is of itself a bliss, health-giving and joy-inspiring." When this is understood, the illusive sense of joy is destroyed, because joy is seen to be not in materiality, not in the possession of wealth, popularity, influence, self-importance, and self-ease, but rather in the demonstration of one's unity with God, Life, Spirit, evidenced in the reflection of spiritual qualities, in approximating to the demands of the two great commandments and the Golden Rule.

Almost all have felt at some time the radiant happiness of work well done, the serenity of self-forgetfulness, and the mental freedom gained by lifting someone's thought to higher, better ideals. And would anyone who has experienced the joy of spiritual healing ever think of comparing other methods with it?

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