Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Good Relations

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Good Relations

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SOMETIMES news reports seem to be competing with each other not just to cover the news, but to report most graphically all the violence and unsolved relationship problems that can be found. One's response is important. We can feel upset and dismayed, and so add to the contentious spiral that the world seems to be in. Or we can do the opposite in some way, and remain undisturbed.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear or read something like this: "A great thing happened today. Two people on different sides of a standing feud suddenly found themselves in complete agreement." If this were to happen many times over, the approach of people to conflict would be transformed. We can start today to promote that kind of result.

It isn't self-righteousness or superiority or condoning something wrong that will help break the mold of contention and small expectation for improvement. It is always knowing one's own relation to God that helps us to build good human relationships with others. To grasp this may seem difficult. Referring to God as divine Mind, Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, observed: "The general thought chiefly regards material things, and keeps Mind much out of sight." But her next statement offered this: "The Christian, however, strives for the spiritual; he abides in a right purpose, as in laws which it were impious to transgress, and follows Truth fearlessly. . . . To live so as to keep human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual, and the eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science" (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 159-160). We have to turn to God, the one controlling power, who can permeate our lives and those of everyone else with His wisdom and love. This is what counteracts the power of doubt or fear or criticism or resentment. It rebuilds human relationships. Christ Jesus showed this. The world he came to help wasn't a happy one as far as relationships were concerned, but the essence of all his teaching was to make the people he met feel the love of God, which inspires individuals and brings them together. …

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