Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Oh, may the love that is talked, be felt! and so lived, that when weighed in the scale of God we be not found wanting. Love is consistent, uniform, sympathetic, self-sacrificing, unutterably kind; even that which lays all upon the altar, and, speechless and alone, bears all burdens, suffers all inflictions, endures all piercing for the sake of others, and for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.

— from “Overflowing Thoughts” in Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 312

Discussion points

184 — WATCH lest, in your effort to realize that God is Love, you fail to strengthen your faith in your ability to reflect that Love. Rain would do little good, if people endeavored to catch it in cracked vessels. What good is Love to man if animal magnetism has tricked him out of his confidence in his ability to reflect it?

Man’s ability to reflect Love is just as real as Love itself. Man is the reflection of Love, and he needs only to acknowledge this fact. All there is to error is the acknowledgment of it. Similarly with good; the acknowledgment of man’s reflection of Love must accompany the admission that God is Love

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Golden Text — “God is love. Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” — I John 4 : 16; John 6: 37

Article — Things to handle daily From Watches, Prayers, and Arguments given by Mary Baker Eddy

Click here to listen to — Hymn 76 Christian Science Hymnal

Article — Love Your Enemies by Mary Baker Eddy

Article — Taking Offense by Mary Baker Eddy

The story of the man traveling in Tibet comes in at this point. He was set upon by a group of malpractitioners who were called dugpas. They tortured him merely with the purpose of arousing in him a sense of hatred for them. They Intended to enter his thought, gain control over him and force him to join their numbers, and they were using hatred as the opening wedge. But he had been warned In advance about these evil men, so he refused to hate them. While he could not bring himself to love them, he succeeded in pitying them and that saved him. He was fortified through understanding.

The whole purpose of these dugpas was to provoke a mental state in this man through which they could reach and control his thought, and hatred was this mental state. When they perceived that they were outwitted, they stopped torturing him. When he refused to yield to hatred, they saw that their effort to gain control of his mind was unsuccessful.

— from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts by Gilbert Carpenter

WATCH — Work every day to know that the belief of impossibility has no power over you. Know that it cannot possibly affect you in any way, and can never for an instant hinder your demonstration, whether you are working for health, peace, joy, or any mental quality, thing or experience. Know that you are conscious of the possibility and realization of all that is good and true.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 46

Forum post — The 23rd Psalm by Peter from Australia, originally posted on the Forum for the August 2nd, 2020 Lesson — Subject: Love

Forum post — Love God, Love Your “Enemies” by Parthens

“…the law of divine Love.” (Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 19: 11)

This statement in the Lesson prompted me to look up the definition of “law” in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary — “that which is set or fixed; an established or permanent rule; imperative and mandatory, commanding what shall be done.” Later in the Lesson, it states “Love is enthroned,” where the same source defines “enthroned” as invested in sovereign authority. What a wonderful and magnificent protection this is! — to know that Love is governing all. It never ceases in its rule; it cannot be escaped from, nor avoided, nor abrogated in any way. It “never loses sight of loveliness,” — that is, never loses sight of, never stops caring for, and protecting those who are expressing love. And likewise, it is a law of correction and reformation to those who are receptive to it; and a law of annihilation to that which would claim to oppose it. This is the one imperative and mandatory Law, ever-active, over all.

— Forum post by Joanne from FL.

In Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy on page 566 is says, “To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.”

Oh what a privilege we have to learn that we are the reflection of Love! If we live Love will we not be the reflection of that mighty power, which is ours from God? Would it not nullify the threats of the dragon. When we love it strips error of its disguise, we give it its chief blow for we expose its nothingness and powerlessness thus ending the conflict between what we are as spiritual image and likeness as opposed to the false material view which is in bondage to all mortal beliefs. As we learn; we truly can LOVE our way out of all the challenges we may face.

— “Life Truth and Love” by Florence

Forum post — Lovingkindness by Kerry

In the account of Joshua’s preparation for the priesthood, we read that he was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel; and the angel said to those who were about him: “Take away the filthy garments from him.” This same angel says to us, “Take away the false and unclean thoughts with which you have clothed your brother man, and free him to the full extent of your ability from the weight of sense testimony against him.”

— “Brother’s Keeper” from The Christian Science Journal, March 1905, by Mary Brookins

Article — “Put Up Thy Sword” by Mary Baker Eddy

There is something about generic man that explains why you can love your neighbor as yourself. Your interests are one. If a single individual in the infinite realm, or divine order of creation, would express more of the divine nature, the way to do it would be to find out more clearly that the divine nature is infinitely expressed, and that the divine nature finds its expression in other individuals, and to recognize the divinity of our brother.

— from 1936 Primary Class by Bicknell Young

Final Readings

Love, by Mary Baker G. Eddy (as Mis. 249: 27 – 250: 29): Patient, hopeful, true, uncompromising, love comes gently as the morning dew or summer rain, to meet the need of poor humanity, drop the supply and depart. It cannot waste a moment, it has work on hand, is never idle, always prompt, and you may know it is God’s evangel, not by the rustle of wings but the odor of divinity.

Sometimes this gentle evangel comes to burst the pent-up storm of error with one mighty thunder-bolt, and clears the moral atmosphere, foul with human exhalations. It is a born blessing at all times, either as a rebuke or benediction.

“It never faileth;” no circumstance, no foe to fate can make love loveless; suffering never diminishes it, but only renders it more profound; waiting never outwearies, but wings its purpose and patience; watching makes it more adroit to freight the fleeting moments with treasures for some sad heart. Take from me everything else, but leave the pleasure of the strife, the bliss of doing good; then, richer than Croesus, wiser than Solon, one can meet “the proud man’s scorn and poor man’s contumely” at peace; “a peace that passeth understanding.”

Love closes not our eyes to the distinction between good and bad men, it opens them wider; it blinds not a just sense of wrong but quickens it, and stimulates a noble defense of right under all circumstances and upon all occasions.

The comforter of the afflicted, the protector of the oppressed, it is faithfulness in a friend, fidelity in a cause, public spirit in the magistrate, moderation in the sovereign, loyalty in the subject; the sun that enlivens and cheers the abode of men, the soul of social happiness and the principle of Christian Science.

— Article by Mary Baker Eddy from Journal, Vol. III , No.2: Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, by Richard Oakes, page 171

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