In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" Mrs. Eddy writes (pp. 131, 132), "The fulfilment of divine Love in our lives is the demand of this hour—the special demand." Single-hearted seeking after the fulfillment of Love's purpose leaves no door open for the admission of morbid beliefs. One no longer believes that he is sidetracked, inefficient, unwanted, and incapacitated, either by sickness or by disposition, from being joyous, consecrated, and useful to his fellows.

Perhaps one is deceived by the mortal suggestion that he is by nature, or else owing to his bringing up, unloving, and that, furthermore, he does not feel any special desire to express love and kindness. Another may believe himself incapable of expressing more than a tithe of the love which is in his heart. This type of mortal accepts the notion that he is shy, self-conscious, reserved; that he constantly gives wrong impressions and is being misunderstood. Consciousness of man's true selfhood is the only true self-consciousness; and it is gloriously free from all the restrictive, cramping material beliefs which seem to be embodied in mortals.

Our beloved Leader writes (ibid., p. 275): "Doing unto others as we would that they do by us, is immortality's self. Intrepid, self-oblivious love fulfils the law and is self-sustaining and eternal." Obedience to the Golden Rule excludes all belief in callousness, coldness, loneliness, for these negations of the divine nature are obviously foreign to "immortality's self." Christian Science teaches that the reflection of divine Love is man's true heritage, abundant, free; and that in proportion as one knows and proves this, his everyday life "shall blossom abundantly" and he will learn to "rejoice even with joy and singing." No one need look wistfully and afar off at goodness and happiness. Divine Love is the constant giver, the impartial giver of every good and perfect gift. Hence, any apparent lack of health, joy, intelligence, and loving-kindness is a denial of the omnipresence of God, good; and the alert Christian Scientist knows that moral and physical discords, being unreal, are not to be assented to, but resisted.

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The Goodness of God
January 26, 1929

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