Loss and Gain

IN "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 79) Mrs. Eddy says, "We glean spiritual harvests from our own material losses." Mortals have generally felt great repugnance toward any sense of loss, their desire being rather that they may gain for themselves those things which they regard as desirable, and that they may lose nothing. Christians, however, have acknowledged that if they are to win Christ, Truth, they must forsake the world, although they have not fully understood how this is to be accomplished.

Christ Jesus said, "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." And Paul, who so truly imbibed the spirit of Jesus' teachings, declared: "What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. . . . And I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, . . . that I may win Christ."

The Simplicity of Christian Science
July 26, 1930

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