Spiritual emulation has nothing of rivalry or covetousness in it. It is incapable of motives or methods which might harm another in order to outstrip or outwit him. It has no ambition and recognizes no desirable goal but to reach and preserve the divine ideal, to show forth the spiritual idea. Wherever Mary Baker Eddy speaks of true emulation, it is in connection with the example of the Christ. Thus she writes on page 148 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," "Christianity is the summons of divine Love for man to be Christlike—to emulate the words and the works of our great Master." Into such emulation there can enter only the humblest and most lofty desire to understand and do the works which Jesus did, thereby blessing mankind. Pope declared:

Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave,
Is emulation in the learn'd or brave.

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