Goodness: What Is Its Origin?

Some years ago I was speaking very appreciatively of a church member who expressed great kindness and goodness. My young companion, a new student of Christian Science, was in complete agreement, but after a while she drew attention to Christ Jesus' answer when he was addressed as "good Master." Jesus said, "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." Matt. 19:16,17; At first this seemed a rebuke to appreciation of human goodness, but on further consideration I realized that on the contrary Jesus' words heighten this appreciation.

A friend, a fellow Christian Scientist, a practitioner, or a stranger may give joy, comfort, help, or great enlightenment to us. We feel much gratitude and loving appreciation. Good becomes more precious and lasting, however, as we realize it to be an expression of the true, individual nature of man, the reflection of God, and therefore not subject to the changing whims of personal sense.

Only One Self to Love
April 3, 1976

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