Our need of grace

True grace is as important as spiritual power to the Christian and is inseparably linked with it. As our understanding of Christly power grows, our capacity to express grace increases.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, "Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea,—the reflection of God,—has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 333. Think for a moment: Could the Christ, the emanation and expression of omnipotent God, blunder or be out of control? Divinity possesses absolute dominion over itself and its universe. Man, the reflection of God, always manifests this power and grace. In scientifically spiritual terms, it is impossible for man to be crude or clumsy, to suffer or cause injury. Christ Jesus walked quietly, confidently, spoke lovingly (or severely if the occasion demanded it), and healed with simple word and touch. He was never heavy-handed or aggressive. Godlikeness flowed from him richly and to all. He showed us by example that grace unfailingly accompanies divine might.

"Keep sound wisdom and discretion: so shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck," the Bible tells us. "Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble." Prov. 3:21-23. As "sound wisdom and discretion" accompany spiritual power in our practice of the truths Jesus demonstrated, we can expect to heal the sick. Our steps, both of mind and body, will not falter. We can be certain that we will be in the right place at the right time because we are obedient to the divine purpose.

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