Tender Might of Spirit

There are many persons in the world who find themselves confronted by obstacles to their peace. Unsought burdens present themselves as disappointments, ill-health, and even deprivation. Sometimes, too, it seems as though one's fellow men are lacking in concern and solicitude for those who are undergoing these experiences and would appreciate a kindly gesture from those farther along the peaceful path. The modest nobility of that quality designated as tenderness—meaning kindness and compassion—is exemplified in the attitude of the master Christian, Jesus of Nazareth, toward all mankind. It is as a beautiful thread of gold glistening in the warp and woof of "the pattern shewed to thee in the mount," and characterizes the teaching of Christian Science in its firm but gentle guidance into dominion and security. Tenderness is an attribute of Spirit.

Mary Baker Eddy discovered the Science of Christianity through consecrated study of the Scriptures and writes in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 3), "This Science is a law of divine Mind, a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present help." The indisputable proof that Christian Science heals the sick, comforts the unsatisfied, and destroys discord, proves it to be the law of God and of man's true being. In the article just quoted, our Leader adds (p. 5), "Wholly apart from this mortal dream, this illusion and delusion of sense, Christian Science comes to reveal man as God's image, His idea, coexistent with Him—God giving all and man having all that God gives."

Mrs. Eddy wrote the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and founded The First Church of Christ, Scientist. To her uplifted and inspired thought came the revelation of man's indissoluble relationship to creative Principle, divine Love. The Messianic appearing of Christ Jesus proclaimed this sonship. That a spiritual idea is as perfect as its divine Principle, Love, is the basic fact that underlies this revelation. The understanding thereof gives courage, enheartens the receptive one, and demonstrates the power of Spirit in human affairs and relationships.

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"Good tidings"
December 25, 1937

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