Giving

In Christian Science we learn that man is the reflection or image of God. Reflecting is the active giving out of the likeness of the original. For example, the rays of light which go to form the image in a mirror are given off from the surface of the mirror as they are received; otherwise there would be no reflection. Furthermore, as long as they are being received, just so long are they reflected.

On realizing this one sees more clearly why our Leader uses the term "reflection" in describing man's relation to God. Man is the spiritual reflection of God, and God is expressed in His reflection, man. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 470), "If there ever was a moment when man did not express the divine perfection, then there was a moment when man did not express God, and consequently a time when Deity was unexpressed—that is, without entity." Our true life consists, then, in reflecting God, in the active giving out of the likeness of God. Only in the realization of this do we become conscious of our true life, and prove that God is eternally pouring forth His love upon man, and that man is ever giving out that love again. The understanding of this awakens our deepest gratitude, for through it we realize that by reflecting God we can give continually, and that joyous, humble giving of love is true living.

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