True strength is at peace

On the human scene, individuals and nations may vie for and rank themselves according to a strength that is often at variance with peace. But where does strength really lie? In muscles? In wealth? In numbers? In armaments? The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, makes this observation: "To say that strength is in matter, is like saying that the power is in the lever." Science and Health, p. 485.

Strength, spiritually understood, is not subject to division and disparity. True strength is indivisible power—a manifestation of Spirit, God, who is all good, and All. Because it is spiritual, strength is infinite, inexhaustible. Because it is God-governed, it is not susceptible of misuse; its power to act effectively serves the purposes of good alone. And this true strength belongs to man, God's reflection.

Spiritual strength is omnipotent. As an expression of good's allness it has no wrong to combat. Therefore the gentle strength that is reflected in the divine creation, including Godlike man, our true identity, is always at peace. But being at peace involves much more than just not warring. As certainly as strength expresses the calm harmony of peace, so peace expresses the invulnerable vitality of strength. All God's creation expresses the boundless capacities bestowed by divine Life and Love, and develops them. As an irresistible force for good, the substance of peaceful strength is the one Spirit, which unites all creation.

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A simple birdsong
February 27, 1984

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