Loving Compassion

Regarded in the light of Christian Science, loving compassion is an active state of love, or love in action, and enfolds the object of one's compassion in a healing expression of love and blessing. Compassion gives one quick discernment of human needs and sustains the equally quick reversal of false pictures, and the joyous replacement of them with spiritual ideas, which are ever complete.

We need this sense of loving compassion in our healing work almost more than any of the transitional qualities enumerated by Mrs. Eddy on page 115 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," for true compassion brings spontaneity and quick healing. We must go "where he was," as the good Samaritan did to the poor man by the wayside in that sweet story given us by Christ Jesus. There is always a point of contact, if we let down the ladder of our thought near enough for him to grasp it. Compassion is a divinely mental quality, for the Bible, speaking of God, tells us that "his compassions fail not."

Christ Jesus, our dear Way-shower, was ever alert to the healing quality of loving compassion, and we read that he "had compassion" on sufferers and quickly restored them to health and happiness. One of the loveliest instances of this healing power is told in the story of the restoration to life of the only son of the widow of Nain. This is one of the instances where Jesus proffered his assistance unasked. How quickly his unselfed love detected the great human need, and how joyously he reversed the sad picture and restored the youth "to his mother."

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