We were waiting in a crowded restaurant. It was past the children's mealtime. Hungry and impatient, they kicked up a fuss. My wife and I lovingly but firmly insisted on quiet. The children became peaceful.
Another family had the same difficulty. With our own peace secure, we could more readily see that harmony is really a law for everyone. Soon both parents and children were calm, and a peaceful atmosphere pervaded the restaurant.
What had happened? We had been touched by a universal law of God -- the law of harmony -- impartially embracing all in its healing effect.
Christ Jesus best understook this law. Wherever he went, people felt the power of his peace. He healed sickness, devastated sin, and literally brought the dead to life. Jesus' compassionate Christianity proved harmony and health to be man's irreversible rights.
Today the Science of Christianity explains how each of us can avail himself of God's law of concord. Mary Baker Eddy n1 explains, "Christian Science brings to light Truth and its supremacy, universal harmony, the entireness of God, good , and the nothingness of evil." n2
n1 Mrs. Eddy is the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m p. 293
The science of true peace shows God to be the source and man to be the expression of all good. Man's relation to God as well as to man is governed by the law of harmony. God, the Principle of the entirem universe and the only creator, makes man sinless and healthy.
The Christly expression of God -- of His nature, goodness, allness -- is harmony. God, divine Truth, is perfection's foundation; divine Life gives harmony its action; Spirit, its power; Soul, its expression; Mind, its intelligence; Principle, its underlying law. The Christ, the healing power of God, makes us aware of concord in our lives.
Health is the harmony of man under God's control. Our bodies manifest this health as we yield to that control. Discordant thought is disease. By quieting thought with the Christly understanding of God, disease vanishes. Controlled by Christ, the body expresses health.
At one time there was extreme discord where I worked. I became ill. I read these words of Mrs. Eddy's: "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." n3
n3 ibid.,m p. 390
A contentious mental atmosphere had clouded my view of reality. I turned to Christ to show me the truth of man's eternal relation to God. Discords were ungodlike. I had divine authority, I saw, to deny them and replace them with harmony. My health returned.
But, remembering the restaurant experience, I wasn't fully satisfied until I saw that harmony, being universal and impartial, is for everyone. Soon the larger problems at work were intelligently solved and peace reigned.
Because God is infinite, the good He gives belongs to all. It is not dependent on a person, a place, or on having things. Earthly concord -- physical, mental, moral health -- increases with clearer views of man's unity with God.
The Bible's two great commandments n4 show the laws of harmony and health in action. Obeying the first, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart , and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength," we experience the presence of God.fulfilling the second "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," we embody health and help others become aware of this satisfying presence. Enduring health is the calm, pure consciousness of Christly peace.
n4 Mark 12:30, 31.
Tranquility and health, found spiritually within and outwardly lived, expand to more and more peace for all mankind. A spiritually secure and peaceful individual makes a happy home.Family accord fosters community calm, even national strength -- eventually becoming the basis for worldwide brotherhood in the family of God, where harmony and health are for everyone. DAILY BIBLE VERSE Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Job 36:24