Kindly Affection

What flower of Christian character is more fair than kindly affection, which in its tranquil, humane beneficence knows no taint of variable selfish interest! A gentle, enduring element of Spirit is this that binds together in the blessed bonds of Christlike charity. What wholesome qualities of open-hearted consideration and generous service it includes! How its quiet persuasion permeates every nook and cranny of thought, and encourages the fearful heart! As the lowly arbutus, pushing its way through the chill dank of crumbling mold, sends upward its spring tribute of delicate beauty and fragrance, even so the tender blossom of kindly affection diffuses its sweet odors through the darkest shadows of human experience. Small wonder that Paul, realizing its unlimited influence for good, counseled his Roman brethren, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love."

With what rejoicing our hearts open to Christian Science, the blessed truth that is unfolding in larger measure than ever before the rate loveliness of kindly affection! Indeed, as we read in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 41), this very Science "teaches us to rise from sentimental affection which admires friends and hates enemies, into brotherly love which is just and kind to all and unable to cherish any enmity."

The Bread of Life
June 2, 1928

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