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Great charity and humility is necessary in this work of healing. The loving patience of Jesus, we must 9strive to emulate. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” has daily to be exemplified; and, although skepticism and incredulity prevail in places where 12one would least expect it, it harms not; for if serving Christ, Truth, of what can mortal opinion avail? Cast not your pearls before swine; but if you cannot bring 15peace to all, you can to many, if faithful laborers in His vineyard.
Looking over the newspapers of the day, one naturally 18reflects that it is dangerous to live, so loaded with disease seems the very air. These descriptions carry fears to many minds, to be depicted in some future time upon 21the body. A periodical of our own will counteract to some extent this public nuisance; for through our paper, at the price at which we shall issue it, we shall be able 24to reach many homes with healing, purifying thought. A great work already has been done, and a greater work yet remains to be done. Oftentimes we are denied the 27results of our labors because people do not understand the nature and power of metaphysics, and they think that health and strength would have returned natu‐30rally without any assistance. This is not so much from a lack of justice, as it is that the mens populi is not suffi‐ciently enlightened on this great subject. More thought 8 8:1is given to material illusions than to spiritual facts. If we can aid in abating suffering and diminishing sin, 3we shall have accomplished much; but if we can bring to the general thought this great fact that drugs do not, cannot, produce health and harmony, since “in Him 6[Mind] we live, and move, and have our being,” we shall have done more.
Can you see an enemy, except you first formulate this 12enemy and then look upon the object of your own con‐ception? What is it that harms you? Can height, or depth, or any other creature separate you from the 15Love that is omnipresent good, — that blesses infinitely one and all?
Simply count your enemy to be that which defiles, 18defaces, and dethrones the Christ-image that you should reflect. Whatever purifies, sanctifies, and consecrates human life, is not an enemy, however much we suffer in 21the process. Shakespeare writes: “Sweet are the uses of adversity.” Jesus said: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all 24manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; . . . for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
27 The Hebrew law with its “Thou shalt not,” its de‐mand and sentence, can only be fulfilled through the gospel’s benediction. Then, “Blessed are ye,” inso‐99:1much as the consciousness of good, grace, and peace, comes through affliction rightly understood, as sanctified 3by the purification it brings to the flesh, — to pride, self-ignorance, self-will, self-love, self-justification. Sweet, indeed, are these uses of His rod! Well is it that the 6Shepherd of Israel passes all His flock under His rod into His fold; thereby numbering them, and giving them refuge at last from the elements of earth.
9 “Love thine enemies” is identical with “Thou hast no enemies.” Wherein is this conclusion relative to those who have hated thee without a cause? Simply, in 12that those unfortunate individuals are virtually thy best friends. Primarily and ultimately, they are doing thee good far beyond the present sense which thou canst enter‐15tain of good.
Whom we call friends seem to sweeten life’s cup and to fill it with the nectar of the gods. We lift this cup 18to our lips; but it slips from our grasp, to fall in frag‐ments before our eyes. Perchance, having tasted its tempting wine, we become intoxicated; become lethar‐21gic, dreamy objects of self-satisfaction; else, the con‐tents of this cup of selfish human enjoyment having lost its flavor, we voluntarily set it aside as tasteless and 24unworthy of human aims.
And wherefore our failure longer to relish this fleet‐ing sense, with its delicious forms of friendship, 27wherewith mortals become educated to gratification in personal pleasure and trained in treacherous peace? Because it is the great and only danger in the path 30that winds upward. A false sense of what consti‐tutes happiness is more disastrous to human progress than all that an enemy or enmity can obtrude upon 10 10:1the mind or engraft upon its purposes and achievements wherewith to obstruct life’s joys and enhance its sor‐3rows.
9 Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped them, and furnished them defenses impregnable. Their God will not let them be lost; and if they fall they shall 12rise again, stronger than before the stumble. The good cannot lose their God, their help in times of trouble. If they mistake the divine command, they will recover 15it, countermand their order, retrace their steps, and reinstate His orders, more assured to press on safely. The best lesson of their lives is gained by crossing 18swords with temptation, with fear and the besetments of evil; insomuch as they thereby have tried their strength and proven it; insomuch as they have found 21their strength made perfect in weakness, and their fear is self-immolated.
This destruction is a moral chemicalization, wherein 24old things pass away and all things become new. The worldly or material tendencies of human affections and pursuits are thus annihilated; and this is the advent of 27spiritualization. Heaven comes down to earth, and mortals learn at last the lesson, “I have no enemies.”
Even in belief you have but one (that, not in reality), 30and this one enemy is yourself — your erroneous belief that you have enemies; that evil is real; that aught but good exists in Science. Soon or late, your enemy will 11 11:1wake from his delusion to suffer for his evil intent; to find that, though thwarted, its punishment is tenfold.
3 Love is the fulfilling of the law: it is grace, mercy, and justice. I used to think it sufficiently just to abide by our State statutes; that if a man should aim a ball at 6my heart, and I by firing first could kill him and save my own life, that this was right. I thought, also, that if I taught indigent students gratuitously, afterwards 9assisting them pecuniarily, and did not cease teach‐ing the wayward ones at close of the class term, but followed them with precept upon precept; that if my 12instructions had healed them and shown them the sure way of salvation, — I had done my whole duty to students.
Love metes not out human justice, but divine mercy. 15If one’s life were attacked, and one could save it only in accordance with common law, by taking another’s, would one sooner give up his own? We must love our 18enemies 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 21occurs. To mete out human justice to those who per‐secute and despitefully use one, is not leaving all retribu‐tion to God and returning blessing for cursing. If special 24opportunity for doing good to one’s enemies occur not, one can include them in his general effort to benefit the race. Because I can do much general good to such as 27hate me, I do it with earnest, special care — since they permit me no other way, though with tears have I striven for it. When smitten on one cheek, I have turned the 30other: I have but two to present.
I would enjoy taking by the hand all who love me not, and saying to them, “I love you, and would not know‐1212:1ingly harm you.” Because I thus feel, I say to others: Hate no one; for hatred is a plague-spot that spreads 3its virus and kills at last. If indulged, it masters us; brings suffering upon suffering to its possessor, through‐out time and beyond the grave. If you have been badly 6wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you. Never return evil for evil; 9and, above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged when you have not been.
The present is ours; the future, big with events. 12Every man and woman should be to-day a law to him‐self, herself, — a law of loyalty to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The means for sinning unseen and unpunished 15have so increased that, unless one be watchful and stead‐fast in Love, one’s temptations to sin are increased a hundredfold. Mortal mind at this period mutely works 18in the interest of both good and evil in a manner least understood; hence the need of watching, and the danger of yielding to temptation from causes that at former 21periods in human history were not existent. The action and effects of this so-called human mind in its silent argu‐ments, are yet to be uncovered and summarily dealt with 24by divine justice.
In Christian Science, the law of Love rejoices the heart; and Love is Life and Truth. Whatever manifests aught 27else in its effects upon mankind, demonstrably is not Love. We should measure our love for God by our love for man; and our sense of Science will be measured by our obedience 30to God, — fulfilling the law of Love, doing good to all; imparting, so far as we reflect them, Truth, Life, and Love to all within the radius of our atmosphere of thought.13
13:1 The only justice of which I feel at present capable, is mercy and charity toward every one, — just so far as 3one and all permit me to exercise these sentiments toward them, — taking special care to mind my own business.
The falsehood, ingratitude, misjudgment, and sharp 6return of evil for good — yea, the real wrongs (if wrong can be real) which I have long endured at the hands of others — have most happily wrought out for me the law 9of loving mine enemies. This law I now urge upon the solemn consideration of all Christian Scientists. Jesus said, “If ye love them which love you, what thank have 12ye? for sinners also love those that love them.”