For the Sake of Others

"Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it." So we read on page 57 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scritpures" by Mary Baker Eddy. Those who resist evil, who live righteous, pure lives, discover that, as good occupies their thought and governs their actions, evil becomes unreal to them. All with whom they come in contact are blessed by this reflected goodness. Conversely, those who indulge in evil may bring shame and sorrow into the lives of others, and remorse and punishment to themselves.

In the seventeenth chapter of his Gospel, John records the incomparable prayer which Christ Jesus offered for himself, for his disciples, and for all mankind. Therein he stated a rule of living which may be followed with profit, saying, "For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." Jesus showed clearly that, through the influence of individual right living, others will seek to be sanctified. "For their sakes," turns thought to universal, impartial love. "I sanctify myself," indicates the necessity for self-abnegation, humility, honesty, reverent realization of oneness with God.

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