The world concerns itself with material power, but Christian Science proves that the only real power is moral and spiritual and that it must be found in its Principle, God. Mary Baker Eddy says in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 278), "The Principle of all power is God, and God is Love."

Power means ability to act, and the power of Love is capable of infinite accomplishment. Christ Jesus knew God as Love and utilized the power of Love as law. He let the forces of Love possess him, act through him, and his knowledge that their source was God gave him access to their full supremacy. He realized the might which supported his unselfed motive to exhibit the truth of God and of man made in His image and likeness, and so he could teach his disciples to pray, "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever."

Our actions take on new meaning when we understand man in the light of Christian Science as Love's reflection and learn to relate power to Love's nature. Then we discover that inability to act morally, spiritually, or physically lies in our failure to reflect Love and to ascribe all might to Deity. Expressing the divine nature meagerly and believing that the power to act is in ourselves, we manifest little might. Mrs. Eddy discusses this in "Miscellaneous Writings" where she says (p. 184), "If man should say of the power to be perfect which he possesses, 'I am the power,' he would trespass upon divine Science, yield to material sense, and lose his power." And in the same paragraph she says, "The Science of being gives back the lost likeness and power of God as the seal of man's adoption."

February 16, 1952

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