by Doris W. Evans
Christian Science teaches that God has redeemed us from the cruel and aggressive law of sin and death.
Whatever the problem may be, no matter how big it may seem, it has no power because God has given it none. And if God has not given it power, it cannot exist.
The Bible tells us that God made man in His image and likeness, and that God blessed him. It also tells us to glorify God in our bodies, and it promises that all flesh shall see God’s salvation. It tells us to lift up our eyes, and see God’s love and kindness all around us, and finally, to magnify God’s work.
How do we do this? Before retiring at night, thank God for all the blessings that have come to you in the day. Give Him heartfelt thanks. In the morning when you get up, declare, “This is God’s day. All the events of this day are in God’s hand. He is my loving Father, and gives only good. I believe this with all my heart.”
As you study the Lesson with an open mind, take in the message that God has for you. Don’t ever hurry through it, thinking, “I’m going to read this quickly and then get off to business.” But, sit down quietly and say, “Dear Lord, open my heart to receive Your truth.” And then, as you read the Lesson,listen carefully. Let God speak to you.
The beautiful thing about our Lesson Sermon is, that it meets the need for each one. Whatever your need is, the Lesson Sermon, from the Bible and Science and Health, will meet it.
I find it helpful to take one statement each day from the Bible or Science and Health, write it down, and use it as I go about my business. That’s how I’ve memorized many wonderful Bible verses, and statements from our textbook. Working with them daily, you take them into your heart. It is never mindless repetition. It’s absorbing the truths of God, and letting them become part of your life. When these truths are in your heart, you will find yourself magnifying each good thing that you see, rejoicing in it, and giving God the glory. You will be able to say firmly to anything that isn’t good, God never made you. Get thee hence. You could have no power unless it was given you by God. And since I know God saw everything that He made, and it was good, this cannot be true.
Mrs. Eddy calls evil an illusion. She says on page 495 of the textbook, “When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought. Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is — can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not.”
Keep error where it belongs, only an illusion. Don’t think you’re fighting something real, whether it calls itself a sick body, a sick job, a sick economy, or a sick world. God never said it! Therefore it’s not true.
God saw everything that He made, and it was very good. And it continues to be very good, because God’s giving is forever. Nothing can be added to, nor taken away from what God has done. The Bible assures us of this.
Mrs. Eddy says in Science and Health that all bad effects come from a law of so-called mortal mind. A so-called law! There is no such law! Therefore it is false and powerless. We are told to exercise our God-given authority to resist all that is unlike good. God has made us capable of this. As we exercise this authority, and continue to magnify good every day, we will find that we will become stronger, and surer in the Truth.
All evil wants you to do is talk to it, argue with it, and thereby give it reality. But if you refuse to do this, when the voice of error suggests that God is not All, you will be exercising your God-given authority. Then you can demand that evil get hence, as Jesus did. And you’ll feel the very presence and power of God with you, as, in reality, it always has been, and understand that the law of God is operating to bless and heal right now.
God has made everything good. Let’s magnify the good today. See the good in everyone. See the good in your families, in your friends, in those you meet. You’ll be surprised at the wonderful things that will happen when you see people right, and love them as God’s perfect children.
I remember a fine practitioner I worked with as a young girl. I asked her for help because there was someone I couldn’t seem to like. The practitioner said to me, “It is your duty to see him as God’s perfect child. However, you do not have to have this person in your soup.” It was a very helpful thought: I had to see the person as God made him, perfect, but I didn’t have to have him in the middle of my life. I did what she suggested and the troublesome person left my experience, peacefully.
It’s a wonderful freedom Christian Science gives us. The answer to everything is love. Love more; love, love, love. And as we love, we see the glorious universe that God has created, andknow that its perfection is with us forever.