Learning to Accept

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." This spiritual declaration from the first epistle of James reveals the affluence of God and man. It points to God as infinite cause, creator, Mind, the source of true enlightenment. It implies His creation, man, faultless and unchanging like Himself, capable of always receiving all the Father gives. Christian Science enlarges our understanding of God's bestowals by declaring that Mind's perfect gifts are none other than spiritually mental—His thoughts, qualities, concepts, and divine ideas. Thus we perceive that spiritual receptivity is man's eternal attitude toward divine Love, and that he is the embodiment of Love.

Now mortal existence is the apparent manifestation of mortal mind, and as such is subject, in belief, to all its false claims. Hence, material conditions are the expression of mortal thoughts. In order to bring about better results in human experience, we must cultivate receptivity to the truth of being.

In all her writings Mary Baker Eddy teaches the perfection of God and of man, without any element of evil, and gives this perfection as the basis of all healing, redemption, and regeneration. She shows us how to be spontaneously alert to the truth; how actively to express the spiritual attributes, to replace the false claims of material sense with the ideas of Soul.

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