The Beneficence of Godliness

THE quality of godliness manifests itself in a far-reaching beneficence, attained through daily and constant application of the fundamental truths of right thinking and living. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy says (p. 258), "The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God."

The truth of this statement was illustrated many centuries ago when the patriarch Jacob, in Egypt, calling his sons together for the purpose of telling what should befall each of them in the last days, said to Joseph, "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall." The history of Joseph and the development of his life show how God overruled the failures of men for the ultimate good of mankind. The spiritual consciousness of a constant, unwavering faith that God was actually his abiding protection and his unfailing guide gave Joseph calm assurance under all circumstances; and this enlarged his capacity for doing good.

Testing Times
November 3, 1928

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