"Blessed are the merciful"

The teachings of Christian Science about God and man are so clearly and definitely in line with those of the Bible that they have not only brought healing and joy to a great multitude in this age, but have also revealed to the hungering heart the exact meanings of the Scriptures. Christian Science throws such a clear light upon the teachings of the Bible that anyone may thereby free himself from the confusion of materialism, and thus rise not only above sickness, but destroy the root of sickness, namely, discordant thinking.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." This is a practical and demonstrable rule. How many before accepting Christian Science have not only experienced difficulty in being merciful, but in many cases have not obtained mercy from others! Surely, if one is striving to be merciful and just in his human relationships, should he not rejoice in the fruition of this good work? Undoubtedly, the trouble has often been that mortals, unacquainted with the divine quality of mercy, have forgiven a wrong from a false basis, and from a mistaken sense of justice.

The first lesson we learn in Christian Science is that God made all, and made all good. He did not make any error, sin, or sickness, and He never made man to be discordant or unhappy. Furthermore, we learn that we can be rid of these different phases of error by seeing them as unreal beliefs, and by holding our thought to the truth about God and man. Therefore Christian Scientists, in striving to keep their thinking free from error, are learning to realize the truth of being in the face of error's false claims; and this simple process brings harmony in each particular experience. Such a method, when applied to human relationships, results, and always will result, in our being merciful and obtaining mercy.

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True Character
July 27, 1929

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