A Good Friendship

All too often I would get in an argument with a certain friend, usually because we were jealous of each other. This childishness had come between us for two years. She would try to outdo everything I did. I thought she should grow up and stop being snobby to me, and she probably thought the same way about me. One night when the arguing started again, I became so frustrated and hurt that I decided this just couldn't go on any longer.

The next day I attended my Christian Science Sunday School class, and I told them about this problem with my friend. My Sunday School teacher told me I had to turn to God in prayer for the healing answer. I had to reverse, or turn about, every wrong mental suggestion.

For example, where there seemed to be inharmony, I tried to recognize God's infinite, harmonious atmosphere of good. When I was tempted to express hatred, revenge, and unfriendliness, I replaced them with the giving and sharing of true friendship, expressing God's love. Then I thought of how man reflects God's perfect qualities, such as harmony, joy, happiness, truthfulness, and loveliness, which constitute true friendship.

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