Humility and Gratitude

IN the fifth chapter of the first epistle of Peter are the words, "God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." Here Peter but states in simple language what is taught on humility throughout the New Testament. For humility is inseparable from Christianity, being based on the knowledge that man is dependent upon God for life and strength and health—every good thing. When Christ Jesus said to the Jews who sought to kill him, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise," he stated the basis of Christian humility. He could do nothing of himself; the Son reflected the Father. Man, being the spiritual idea of God, is wholly dependent on God.

Christian Science unreservedly supports the teaching of Jesus. In Christian Science, God is declared to be infinite Mind, and man His image or reflection. Hence man, the real man, "can do nothing of himself;" he can but show forth the qualities of infinite Mind. What a glorious heritage! Always at one with perfect Being; always retaining his perfect identity; always harmoniously governed, man continues to reflect the qualities of eternal Mind. Man's being, his immortality, his happiness, his joy, are thus forever assured. Perceiving the truth about the real spiritual man as Christian Science reveals it, can we be other than humble; can we be other than grateful?

The Better Way
May 27, 1933

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