First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Forgiveness and realizing spiritual perfection
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
w190116The Bible
  1. Ps. 1:1-3

    1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

    2But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

  2. Gen. 33:1, 3, 4, 8-11, 15 (to 1st .), 16, 17 (to :)

    1And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.

    ... 3And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.

    4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

    ... 8And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

    9And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

    10And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.

    11Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.

    ... 15And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me.

    16So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.

    17And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle:

  3. John 5:2-9 there (to :), 14

    2there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

    3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

    4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

    5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

    6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

    7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

    8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

    9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:

    14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

  4. Luke 10:23-28

    23And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:

    24For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

    25And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

    26He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

    27And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    28And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

  5. Luke 22:47-51

    47And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

    48But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

    49When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

    50And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

    51And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.

  6. Luke 23:33, 34

    33And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

    34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

  7. I John 4:1, 4-7, 11, 16, 20 2nd he, 21

    1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

    ... 4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

    5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

    6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

    7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

    ... 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

    ... 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

    20 ... he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

    21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy

  1. SH 304:14

    The perfect man — governed 15by God, his perfect Principle — is sinless and eternal.

  2. SH 353:16-19, 22

    All the real is eternal. Perfection underlies reality. Without perfection, nothing is wholly 18real. All things will continue to disappear, until per-fection appears and reality is reached. ... When we learn that error is not real, we shall be ready for progress, “forgetting 24those things which are behind.”

  3. SH 259:15-18

    15    If man was once perfect but has now lost his perfection, then mortals have never beheld in man the reflex image The divine image not lostof God. The lost image is no image. The 18true likeness cannot be lost in divine reflection.

  4. SH 564:3-7

    3    As of old, evil still charges the spiritual idea with error’s own nature and methods. This malicious animal in-stinct, of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to 6kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime.

  5. SH 30:14-30

        Rabbi and priest taught the Mosaic law, which said: 15“An eye for an eye,” and “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” Not so did Jesus, the new executor for God, present the divine law of Love, 18which blesses even those that curse it.

        As the individual ideal of Truth, Christ Jesus came to rebuke rabbinical error and all sin, sickness, and death, — 21Rebukes helpfulto point out the way of Truth and Life. This ideal was demonstrated throughout the whole earthly career of Jesus, showing the difference between 24the offspring of Soul and of material sense, of Truth and of error.

        If we have triumphed sufficiently over the errors of 27material sense to allow Soul to hold the control, we shall loathe sin and rebuke it under every mask. Only in this way can we bless our enemies, though they 30may not so construe our words.

  6. SH 6:3, 12-27

    3     Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the Pardon and amendmentsinner. God is not separate from the wis-6dom He bestows. The talents He gives we must improve. Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition 9that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence.

    Every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until be-lief in material life and sin is destroyed. To reach 15heaven, the harmony of being, we must understand the divine Principle of being.

        “God is Love.” More than this we cannot ask, 18higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go. To Mercy without partialitysuppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or un-21sought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing.

        Jesus uncovered and rebuked sin before he cast it 24out. Of a sick woman he said that Satan had bound Divine severityher, and to Peter he said, “Thou art an of-fence unto me.” He came teaching and 27showing men how to destroy sin, sickness, and death.

  7. SH 11:1 Jesus'

    11:1Jesus’ prayer, “Forgive us our debts,” specified also the terms of 3forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, “Go, and sin no more.”

  8. SH 447:1

    447:1    The heavenly law is broken by trespassing upon man’s individual right of self-government. We have no 3No trespass on human rightsauthority in Christian Science and no moral right to attempt to influence the thoughts of others, except it be to benefit them. In men -6tal practice you must not forget that erring human opin-ions, conflicting selfish motives, and ignorant attempts to do good may render you incapable of knowing or 9judging accurately the need of your fellow-men. There-fore the rule is, heal the sick when called upon for aid, and save the victims of the mental assassins.

  9. SH 339:7 Since

    Since God is All, there is no room for His unlikeness. God, Spirit, alone created all, and called it 9Evil not produced by Godgood. Therefore evil, being contrary to good, is unreal, and cannot be the product of God. A sinner can receive no encouragement from the fact that 12Science demonstrates the unreality of evil, for the sinner would make a reality of sin, — would make that real which is unreal, and thus heap up “wrath against the 15day of wrath.” He is joining in a conspiracy against himself, — against his own awakening to the awful un-reality by which he has been deceived. Only those, who 18repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.

  10. SH 497:9-11 We

    9We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal.

  11. SH 325:13-15

    When spiritual being is understood in all its perfection, continuity, and might, then shall man be found 15in God’s image.

  12. SH 336:32-6 God

    God is individual and personal in a scientific 337 337:1sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as 3Man reflects the perfect Godmaterial sensation, or a soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality. Material personality is not realism; it is not 6the reflection or likeness of Spirit, the perfect God.

  13. SH 337:10

    According to divine Science, man is in a degree as perfect as the Mind that forms him. The truth of be-12ing makes man harmonious and immortal, while error is mortal and discordant.

  14. SH 510:28-4

    27Sci-ence reveals only one Mind, and this one shin-30ing by its own light and governing the universe, including 511 511:1man, in perfect harmony. This Mind forms ideas, its own images, subdivides and radiates their borrowed light, 3intelligence, and so explains the Scripture phrase, “whose seed is in itself.”

  15. SH 304:9-14, 20

    This is the doctrine of Christian Science: that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into 12sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death.

    Harmony in man is as beautiful 21as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.

  16. SH 200:16

        The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; 18for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

From the Christian Science Hymnal
Hymn 15: “As gold by fire is tested, It's purity shown forth”
Hymn 555: “Only love, only love, Suffers long and sacrifices all”
Hymn 81: “God is with me, gently o'er me Are His wings of mercy spread”