Polishing Our Gems

To an untrained eye, the beauty of an unpolished gem is not apparent. A precious stone in a bucket of mud does not display the charms of a finished pendant.

Similarly, one uninstructed in the beauties of spiritual being may fail to discern the perfect man of God's creating. To human view, man may appear to be diseased or a drunkard, suffering, sinning, dying. But we can learn to cultivate a spiritual view of man, the true view, which Christ Jesus exercised in his marvelous healing works. Mrs. Eddy writes: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." Science and Health, pp. 476–477;

"But," we may ask, "how do we go about improving our view of man?" Christian Science teaches that to reason rightly we must begin with a right premise. What better way to begin than by considering the perfection, glory, and completeness of our wonderful and good God! This kind of reasoning prepares us to view the man God has made, the man that is perfect as his Father. It is the spiritual view that reveals the perfection of man.

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The Choice Is Ours
November 15, 1975

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