"The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment"

What magnanimity, what tolerance, what humility, what depth of desire that Christian Scientists should possess the Christian spirit in fullest measure, do these words of Mrs. Eddy in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902 (p. 19) evince: "The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he knows that that would harm him more than all the malice of his foes. Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou;" and also the following, which, a sentence farther on, she adds: "Meekness is the armor of a Christian, his shield and his buckler"! Their whole sentiment is based upon the words of the Master, recorded by John in his Gospel: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

The very essence of Christianity is love—love which springs from the spiritual understanding of God as Love, even as Christian Science teaches. Let us think of this for a moment. God is Love, infinite, unchangeable, eternal Love. Do we comprehend even in a slight degree what this means? If so, we are sensing the fact that the entire universe, the entire spiritual universe of God's creating, is perfectly governed and has, therefore, not a vestige of aught about it that is unlovely or unlovable. Moreover, every idea—and spiritual ideas alone constitute God's universe—every idea, being perfect, is endowed with qualities which are adorable because they reflect God and are therefore divine.

Actually there exists only one real universe, the spiritual; and this real spiritual universe is perfectly harmonious because it is the universe of Love's creating. But even while we are thus thinking, material sense may be suggesting that there is another real universe, the material, wherein dwell men and women who love and hate, forgive and resent, by turns. And that suggestion of a dual existence is precisely what Christian Science is bringing the full force of its divine revelation to bear upon, to the end that the true knowledge of God and His creation may destroy all the erroneous material beliefs of the so-called human mind. For in this manner only will mankind be saved from evil in its every form.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Among the Churches
June 25, 1927

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.