*Message for 1902
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

GODLIKENESS
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GODLIKENESS



   St. Paul writes: "Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the Lord."  To attain
peace and holiness is to recognize the divine presence and
allness.  Jesus said: "I am the way."  Kindle the watchfires
of unselfed love, and they throw a light upon the uncomplaining
agony in the life of our Lord; they open the
enigmatical seals of the angel, standing in the sun, a glorified
spiritual idea of the ever-present God - in whom there
is no darkness, but all is light, and man's immortal being.
The meek might, sublime patience, wonderful works, and
opening not his mouth in self-defense against false witnesses,
express the life of Godlikeness.  Fasting, feasting,
or penance, - merely outside forms of religion, - fail to
elucidate Christianity:  they reach not the heart nor renovate
it; they never destroy one iota of hypocrisy, pride,
self-will, envy, or hate.  The mere form of godliness,

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coupled with selfishness, worldliness, hatred, and lust, are
knells tolling the burial of Christ.
   Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
He knew that obedience is the test of love; that one gladly
obeys when obedience gives him happiness.  Selfishly, or
otherwise, all are ready to seek and obey what they love.
When mortals learn to love aright; when they learn that
man's highest happiness, that which has most of heaven in
it, is in blessing others, and self-immolation - they will
obey both the old and the new commandment, and receive
the reward of obedience.
   Many sleep who should keep themselves awake and
waken the world.  Earth's actors change earth's scenes;
and the curtain of human life should be lifted on reality, on
that which outweighs time; on duty done and life perfected,
wherein joy is real and fadeless.  Who of the world's lovers
ever found her true?  It is wise to be willing to wait on God,
and to be wiser than serpents; to hate no man, to love one's
enemies, and to square accounts with each passing hour.
Then thy gain outlives the sun, for the sun shines but to
show man the beauty of holiness and the wealth of love.
Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what
God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through
His tenure, confers happiness:  conscious worth satisfies
the hungry heart, and nothing else can.  Consult thy everyday
life; take its answer as to thy aims, motives, fondest
purposes, and this oracle of years will put to flight all care
for the world's soft flattery or its frown.  Patience and resignation
are the pillars of peace that, like the sun beneath
the horizon, cheer the heart susceptible of light with promised

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joy.  Be faithful at the temple gate of conscience,
wakefully guard it; then thou wilt know when the thief
cometh.
   The constant spectacle of sin thrust upon the pure sense
of the immaculate Jesus made him a man of sorrows.  He
lived when mortals looked ignorantly, as now, on the might
of divine power manifested through man; only to mock,
wonder, and perish.  Sad to say, the cowardice and self-seeking
of his disciples helped crown with thorns the life of
him who broke not the bruised reed and quenched not the
smoking flax, - who caused not the feeble to fall, nor
spared through false pity the consuming tares.  Jesus was
compassionate, true, faithful to rebuke, ready to forgive.
He said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
"Love one another, as I have loved you."  No estrangement,
no emulation, no deceit, enters into the heart that

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