Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
Hymns 316, 376, 163
The Holy Bible (NLT) (KJV)
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
Gen. 4:2-9, 10, 12
Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry.
“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. . . . You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, . . . Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
One day Cain suggested to his brother, “Let’s go out into the fields.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother, Abel, and killed him. Afterward the Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother? . . . . “What have you done? . . . No longer will the ground yield good crops for you, no matter how hard you work!.”
Matt. 5:2, 21-24
Jesus taught the people and said: “You have heard that our ancestors were told, You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell. “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
Luke 4:14 (to :), 23-24, 27-30
Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. . . . Then he said, “You will undoubtedly quote me this proverb: ‘Physician, heal yourself’—meaning, ‘Do miracles here in your hometown like those you did in Capernaum.’ But I tell you the truth, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.. And many in Israel had leprosy in the time of the prophet Elisha, but the only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.” When they heard this, the people in the synagogue were furious. Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff, but he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.
People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.
Harsh words make tempers flare. A gentle answer deflects anger.
You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.
Matt. 26: 47-49, 51-52
[Jesus] said to his disciples, “As you know . . . the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. . . . Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear. “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.
And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Luke 23:33, 34
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him. . . . Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
I John 2:11
Whoever hates his brother . . . lives in darkness and does not know where he is going. The darkness has made him blind.
I John 4:8, 12
For God is love. If we love each other, God lives in us. If we love each other, God’s love has reached its goal. It is made perfect in us.
Acts. 9:1, 3-6, 8, 10, 11-12, 17-18, 20 (NLT)
Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. . . As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind.
Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias! Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. . . .I have shown him a vision of a man names Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.
So Ananias went and found Saul. . . and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!”
Eph. 4:31, 32
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy
Genesis iv. 8. Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
The erroneous belief that life, substance, and intelligence can be material ruptures the life and brotherhood of man at the very outset.
Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.
Sword. Revenge; anger.
“They that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” Let Truth uncover and destroy error in God’s own way, and let human justice pattern the divine. Sin will receive its full penalty, both for what it is and for what it does.
The great demonstrator of Truth and Love was silent before envy and hate. Peter would have smitten the enemies of his Master, but Jesus forbade him, thus rebuking resentment or animal courage. He said: “Put up thy sword.”
When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.
In mental practice you must not forget that erring human opinions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good may render you incapable of knowing or judging accurately the need of your fellow-men.
Blindness and self-righteousness cling fast to iniquity.
It is error even to murmur or to be angry over sin.
SH 22:27-29, 31-1
Whosoever believeth that wrath is righteous or that divinity is appeased by human suffering, does not understand God. . . . Revenge is inadmissible. Wrath which is only appeased is not destroyed, but partially indulged.
Neither sympathy nor society should ever tempt us to cherish error in any form, and certainly we should not be error’s advocate.
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opinions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to morals and health when it is opposed promptly and persistently by Christian Science.
SH 407:6-8, 11
Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.
What a pitiful sight is malice, finding pleasure in revenge! Evil is sometimes a man’s highest conception of right, until his grasp on good grows stronger.
Saul of Tarsus beheld the way — the Christ, or Truth — only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual. He learned the wrong that he had done in persecuting Christians, whose religion he had not understood, and in humility he took the new name of Paul. He beheld for the first time the true idea of Love, and learned a lesson in divine Science.
The Divine Being must be reflected by man, — else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One “altogether lovely;” but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: “Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Self-seeking, envy, passion, pride, hatred, and revenge are cast out by the divine Mind which heals disease.
SH 670:20-32 (np)
MORALLY AND PHYSICALLY HEALED
I did not accept Christian Science on account of any healing of my own, but after seeing my mother, who was fast drifting toward helplessness with rheumatism, restored to perfect health with only a few treatments in Christian Science, I thought surely this must be the truth as Jesus taught and practised it, and if so it was what I had been longing for. . . . We soon got a copy of Science and Health. . . This book was indeed a key to the Scriptures.
It was not long after I began reading before I discovered that my eyes were good and strong, I could read as much as I wished, and at any time, which was something I could not do before, as my eyes had always been weak. .. . I also noticed that I was entirely healed of another ailment which had been with me all my life, and which was believed to be inherited. . . . Some of the many things that have been overcome through the study of Science and Health, and through realizing and practising the truth it teaches, are profanity, the use of tobacco, a very quick temper, which made both myself and those around me at times very miserable, and such thoughts as malice, revenge, etc.
I have been “born again” and that I have daily been putting off “the old man with his deeds,” and putting on “the new man.” — O. L. R., Fort Worth, Tex.
This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.
Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.
Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.
[T]he material sense of personality yields to the incorporeal sense of God and man as the infinite Principle and infinite idea, — as one Father with His universal family, held in the gospel of Love.