A Loving Look

We have all experienced the beneficial effects of looking at a countenance that radiates kindness, gentleness, joy, and love. We have likewise observed the effects of the expression of the opposite qualities of thought: coldness, austerity, pride, fear, unhappiness, and dislike. There is no question which qualities we should prefer to see expressed. But also we ought to consider seriously what qualities of thought we ourselves give expression to.

In a message to The Christian Science Board of Lectureship, Mrs. Eddy wrote, "You go forth to face the foe with loving look and with the religion and philosophy of labor, duty, liberty, and love, to challenge universal indifference, chance, and creeds." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 248; The foe we are all to face is not persons—good or bad—not places, things, conditions, or circumstances, but our own belief in evil, in a power apart from God, good, appearing to the mortal sense of things as indifference, chance, intemperance, false appetites, violence, and hate.

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