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No limited connection to good

From the July 3, 2017 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


Recently, while working on my computer, I lost access to my email. A diagnostic message came up on the screen saying, “Limited connection to the internet.” I rebooted, regained my full internet connection, and got back to checking my emails.

Later in the day the words “limited connection” popped back into my thought in a totally different context that had nothing to do with my computer. Sometimes we may get mental messages suggesting we have a limited relation to good, to health, to supply. From a material perspective, our unity with good can seem tenuous, subject to things such as being in the right place at the right time, age, heredity, or the economy.

Is there any way out of this “limited relation to good” thinking? Yes, by turning our thought to our unlimited unity with God, good. In the Bible, the book of Genesis shows our unbreakable relation to God: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (1:31). We have a divinely authorized and established relation to good because we are made in the spiritual image and likeness of God. God is only good, all good. That inherent goodness is integral to our very being.

Inherent goodness is integral to our very being.

God’s goodness is unbounded, unrestricted, and continuous, which means we are never limited in our ability to express goodness. Our need is to recognize and affirm our true, unlimited relation to this divine goodness. The Bible assures us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). I love this promise that the goodness of God is continuous and unchanging. It is not here today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, our relation to God, good, cannot vary, cannot be lost, limited, distorted, or destroyed. And our recognition of this dependable, divine source of goodness frees us from limitations of time, place, person, or other material situations or circumstances. 

Learning more about the attributes of God strengthens our understanding of our boundless reflection of good. This enables us to gain a deeper, richer sense of God and His care for us. For instance, daily—even moment by moment—we can rejoice in our relation to God as divine Love’s reflection and strive to express thoughtfulness, tenderness, compassion, and caring. Our eternal relation to divine Truth as its idea can be manifested through the expression of honesty and integrity. And joy, abundance, health, and peace point to our relation to God as Soul.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history” (pp. 470–471). We are assured of no lapsing, changing, or tentative embodiment of good. There is never any good that we have lost and must struggle to regain.

One time I was dealing with a bad cough and cold that threatened to interfere with planned activities that week. I saw this as a materially based message of limitation, suggesting that something could interfere with my inherent ability to be active, strong, and free. I replaced this “limited relation to good” message with the absolute truth that as the idea of Spirit, each of us has the unlimited ability to fulfill right activity and express freedom. I affirmed my continuous spiritual wholeness, harmony, and unrestricted expression of peace and joy. The result was quick healing and a week of wonderful activity.

Whenever we are on the receiving end of a limitation message, we can immediately replace it with the joyous message of our unbreakable, infinite oneness with God, good.

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