The real exposure

Healing of sin involves much more than simply personal efforts to expose evil.

Mulling over the misdeeds of someone else one day, I was brought up short by a statement in Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy. She writes, "We must love our enemies in all the manifestations wherein and whereby we love our friends; must even try not to expose their faults, but to do them good whenever opportunity occurs" (p. 11).

Not expose their faults? I could understand loving another in spite of what I might see as shortcomings. But wasn't exposure of evil necessary? Besides, overlooking other's faults that were harming me seemed rather spineless. Giving someone a piece of my mind seemed more in order.

Yet the admonition was clear. Consistent love, not disclosure of faults, was required. This impelled me to consider more deeply the exposure of evil required of us as Christians.

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Promise of peace
October 25, 1993

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