WHAT ARE WE WITHHOLDING?

God bestows upon us many spiritual blessings. These can never be wasted or used up. They are free to all. Jesus said to his disciples and to his followers in every age (Matt. 10:8), "Freely ye have received, freely give." Why, then, are we sometimes so frugal of our love or of our expression of some other spiritual quality? God never scrimps His love for us. We can gain nothing by being sparing with love. Why, then, do we give love in some instances and withhold it in others?

Christ Jesus withheld nothing. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and preached the gospel. He proved for all time that Life is deathless, that Love overcomes hate, and that there is no life in matter. Christ Jesus was not miserly in expressing love for mankind. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, could have withheld the revelation God gave her, but instead she chose to share it with the world. She understood clearly what real giving is and wrote in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 79), "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us."

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