CONCERNING ZEAL

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy defines "zeal" as "the reflected animation of Life. Truth, and Love" (p. 599); and she defines the false human counterfeit of this true spiritual zeal as "blind enthusiasm; mortal will."

Zeal is a quality of Mind, God, a quality which man possesses by reflection, for man is God's image and likeness. In the measure that we understand this and claim zeal for ourselves we shall express it in all our activity. It is expressed in energy, ardor, earnestness, vivacity— to give a few definitions of animation; and it is based on the understanding that God's kingdom is here and now, and His government supreme. The only true basis and motive of all action is Love, God.

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