Self-respect versus Self-righteousness

Self-respect is an ingredient essential to our happiness and health. Whatever our position in life or our activity, we need to know clearly who we are and to have respect for ourselves in a way that commands respect from others for that self. But if our respect for ourselves is to have the backing of Truth, we must understand who we really are. Paul wrote, "If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." Gal. 6:3;

We can never be something outside of the Christ. The Christ, Christian Science teaches, is the true idea of God, whom man reflects. God is Life, Truth, and Love. As we understand ourselves to be God's reflection, and as we live our human life in demonstration of the Christ, Truth, we express the true idea.

After Thorns, a Royal Diadem
April 21, 1973

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