Overcoming Resentment

Following some seeming injustice, who has not stood with finger on lips to keep back the unkind word that begs for utterance? But oh, the joy of the victory over the temptation to speak the cutting word! This restraint eventually leads to the greater victory over thoughts of resentment. And the desire to refrain from the hurtful retort will, in turn, be our protection from harm.

Is it not truly seeking to reflect God when we wish to hurt no one? And surely this unselfed thinking will go a long way toward opening our eyes to the nature of the seeming injustice; for this insight invariably shows us that what offended us was not any harm done to God's man, but rather a wounding of the false self of mortal mind's creating. Is it not frequently the case that we blame some person or circumstance when we refuse to improve our own conditions by right thinking?

One young student, pitched into the depths of despair and misery by what seemed to her to be unfair treatment, gained comfort from some understanding of Mary Baker Eddy's statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 306), "Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, is unfolding to mortals the immutable, harmonious, divine Principle,—is unfolding Life and the universe, ever present and eternal." She saw that she could stand undisturbed because her real foundation was the Rock, Truth, and no storms of sense could move her from this true position. It was a glimpse of light; and it led to higher recognition of the truth stated in Jesus' words, "With God all things are possible."

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On Finding One's Place
February 13, 1932

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