Charity and Benevolence

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind," said Paul. From this definition we infer that genuine charity is that characteristic of spiritual love which embodies patience and helpfulness, a willingness to wait for each human footstep to be taken, and to encourage, not to discourage. Only through spiritual growth and discernment can we practice genuine charity and know when to speak and when to keep silence; when to give and when to withhold; what to say and what not to say; how to rebuke without anger or impatience, inspired only with the desire to help. Earnest study of the letter of Christian Science as revealed by Mrs. Eddy, combined with patient striving to assimilate the spirit of this teaching, expressed in prayer without ceasing, repentance, and reformation, are necessary to attain to the true understanding of charity or love.

One of the visible proofs we have of the growth of The Mother Church is found in its benevolent work. As spiritual progress and God's goodness are unlimited, there need be no limit to the visible proof thereof. The Mother Church is doing much benevolent work, but it may be difficult for The Mother Church to meet promptly in all cases the immediate individual need. Therefore, it is apparent that the branch churches must do their part. Christian Scientists should not make the mistake of lagging in one requirement while endeavoring to forge ahead in another.

Christianity is not one-sided; it is a full and complete salvation, including all of the works required by the Master. Speaking tenderly of The Mother Church, Mrs. Eddy says (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 127): "Hitherto, I have observed that in proportion as this church has smiled on His 'little ones,' He has blessed her. Throughout my entire connection with The Mother Church, I have seen, that in the ratio of her love for others, hath His love been bestowed upon her; watering her waste places, and enlarging her borders."

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