Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

THE FIRST MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
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THE FIRST MEMBERS OF THE FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST,SCIENTIST, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS



   My Beloved Students: - Another year has rolled on,
another annual meeting has convened, another space of
time has been given us, and has another duty been done
and another victory won for time and eternity?  Do you
meet in unity, preferring one another, and demonstrating
the divine Principle of Christian Science?  Have you
improved past hours, and ladened them with records
worthy to be borne heavenward?  Have you learned
that sin is inadmissible, and indicates a small mind?
Do you manifest love for those that hate you and despitefully
use you?
   The man of integrity is one who makes it his constant
rule to follow the road of duty, according as Truth and
the voice of his conscience point it out to him.  He is not
guided merely by affections which may some time give
the color of virtue to a loose and unstable character.
   The upright man is guided by a fixed Principle, which
destines him to do nothing but what is honorable, and to
abhor whatever is base or unworthy; hence we find him
ever the same, - at all times the trusty friend, the affectionate
relative, the conscientious man of business, the
pious worker, the public-spirited citizen.
   He assumes no borrowed appearance.  He seeks no
mask to cover him, for he acts no studied part; but he
is indeed what he appears to be, - full of truth, candor,
and humanity.  In all his pursuits, he knows no path
but the fair, open, and direct one, and would much rather
fail of success than attain it by reproachable means.  He

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never shows us a smiling countenance while he meditates
evil against us in his heart.  We shall never find one part
of his character at variance with another.
                                        Lovingly yours,
                                        Mary Baker Eddy
  Sept. 30, 1895



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