In the awakening of mankind from a material to a spiritual sense of existence no quality is more essential than meekness. And probably none has been less understood, because men have thought of themselves as mortal and as dependent on their own ability to accomplish allotted tasks. Material strength is never sufficient; so fear and timidity often find entrance into one's thought, and apologetically one tries to justify failure. This attitude should give way to that of the grand quality of meekness.

The Bible states (Ps. 25:9), "The meek will he [God] guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way." True meekness recognizes the nothingness of mortal selfhood and the all-inclusiveness of God, Spirit. God is the only creator, our Father-Mother, who made man in His own image and likeness. This divine relationship explains the coexistence of God and man, an understanding of which is of utmost importance to the demonstration of divine sonship. Mary Baker Eddy tells us in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 189), "The meek Nazarene's steadfast and true knowledge of preexistence, of the nature and the inseparability of God and man,—made him mighty."

Christ Jesus was ever conscious of man's unity with the Father. He acknowledged no other origin, no other power behind his mighty works. He said (John 5:30), "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." This statement expressed true meekness. Jesus understood God, Mind, to be the source of all true activity and man to be God's reflection. Work done on this basis destroys the belief in sin, sickness, and death, which are no part of God's harmonious creation.

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