Honesty, control over the temper, virtue, goodness and unselfishness make man and woman substantial… Mary Baker Eddy (The Mary Baker Eddy Collection, Inspiration For Life’s Relationships, p.51)
Where are we to keep ourselves? Jude 1:21
DAILY PRAYER – It shall be the duty of every member of this church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them! (Eddy, Mary Baker, Manual, p.41)
What was the final proof of Jesus final triumph over body and matter? 42:15-21
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:
16 ¶ Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
There is no worker working but Love. No mental malpractitioner working. Error has no identity. Error has no justification. There is but one consciousness, Life, Truth and Love. Mary Baker Eddy
(Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.284)
Your sweet, tender letter at hand. May the dear Love that wounds to heal bind up the wounds and pour into your life the pure sense of having been tested by chastisement and found legitimate. Yes, you are right that the avenger of Truth stabs us through those we love most, as much as to say, ‘You have no moral authority for loving aught but God and His likeness.’ What is our remedy? It is to watch, work and pray to make first one’s self and then all others into that likeness, patient, meek, loving; then the warfare is comparatively ended and we are saved from a false selfhood. Oh, may the dear Love that knows no lack be so near that can catch the contact and are comforted. My own trials can never be spoken. They are beyond the present sense of mortals. But the one dear Love binds up my bleeding heart, and I lean on its heart till I get breath to stand before the next volley. Let us rejoice that the captain of our salvation is training us for higher service. Mary Baker Eddy (Oakes, Richard, Course In Divinity and General Collectanea, p.276)
What are we to follow? III John 1:11