Commendation versus Condemnation

In the life and works of Christ Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, the beauty, power, and grace of commendation are wonderfully exemplified. In the story of the Magdalen, as told in the seventh chapter of Luke, the commendation of Jesus so completely reversed mortal mind's condemnation as instantaneously to heal the belief of sin. And the incident of the sinful woman to whom Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn thee," was another proof of the virtue of this method of dealing with sin; for the woman was both healed and rescued from her persecutors. Every act of this master Metaphysician showed the need of upholding the perfect model in the face of its imperfect counterfeit; and it was thus he taught his disciples to do.

Mary Baker Eddy, Christ Jesus' faithful follower, practiced and taught likewise; and her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," explains fully the methods whereby this result may be attained. Every rule therein is as applicable and demonstrable as any rule in mathematics. One of these, most pertinent to the above caption, is found on page 407 and reads: "Let the perfect model be present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized opposite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your consciousness." The trouble with many of us has been, that although we were willing to practice this in the healing of disease, we were not so ready to apply the same rule to sin.

Commendation is the fruit of unselfed love, and its essence is forgiveness. It is consonant with divine law, demonstrating and establishing the forever facts of Spirit, wherein the unity of God and man are recognized. It heals and saves, because it acknowledges good as the only reality. It accepts the truth about man, and this acceptance demonstrates it.

Resting Days
July 21, 1928

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