First Church of Christ, Scientist

Sharing Christian Science in Laguna Beach, CA

Readings from Wednesday Testimony Meeting

Love your enemies

HYMNS: 423, 139, 269


Oct 10, 2018



The Bible

1. Matt. 5:44 Love, 45 

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


2. Gen. 37:2 Joseph (to ;), 3, 4, 11 (to ;), 12, 13 (to .), 14–16 So, 18, 23–28 (to :), 29 (to ;), 31, 32 2nd and (to :), 33 (to 2nd ;), 35 Thus 

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; ... Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. ... And his brethren envied him; ... ¶ And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. ... So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem. ¶ And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks. ... And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. ... ¶ And it came to pass when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there wasno water in it. And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: ... ¶ And Reuben returned unto the pit; ... And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood; ... and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: ... And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; ... Thus his father wept for him.


3. Gen. 39:1, 2, 4, 6 3rd And 

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. ... And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. ... And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.


4. Gen. 41:46–48, 55 

¶ And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. ... And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.


5. Gen. 42:3, 6 3rd and, 8, 21 (to ;), 23 (to ;), 24 (to ;), 25 

¶ And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. ... and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. ... And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. ... ¶ And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; ... And they knew not that Joseph understood them; ... And he turned himself about from them, and wept; ... ¶ Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.


6. Gen. 45:3 (to ;), 3–5 2nd And, 7, 8 (to :), 10 thou, 11 (to ;), 14, 15 (to :), 24 

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; ... And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. ... And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: ... thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast: And there will I nourish thee; ... And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: ... So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.


7. I John 3:16, 18 

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. ... My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.


8. Matt. 5:48 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


Science and Health

1. SH 2:23 (only, to .) 

God is Love.


2. SH 475:7-9 

The Scriptures inform us that man is made is the image and likeness of God.


3. SH 205:32 

When we fully understand our relation to the Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love, wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or error.


4. SH 94:4–6 

The nature of man, thus understood, includes all that is implied by the terms “image” and “likeness” as used in Scripture.


5. SH 469:17; 470:11–16 (to 2nd .)

There can be but one Mind, because there is but one God; and if mortals claimed no other Mind and accepted no other, sin would be unknown. We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all space is filled with God. ... Divine Science explains the abstract statement that there is one Mind by the following self-evident proposition: If God, or good, is real, then evil, the unlikeness of God, is unreal. And evil can only seem to be real by giving reality to the unreal. The children of God have but one Mind.


6. SH 591:25–26 (to 1st ;) 

Mortal Mind. Nothing claiming to be something, for Mind is immortal;


7. SH 210:19–23, 28–30 

The expression mortal mind is really a solecism, for Mind is immortal, and Truth pierces the error of mortality as a sunbeam penetrates the cloud. Because, in obedience to the immutable law of Spirit, this so-called mind is self-destructive, I name it mortal. ... To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence.


8. SH 205:22 

When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God, and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.


9. SH 467:9-10 

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.


10. SH 36:19 

A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.


11. SH 512:25-27 

Mortal mind inverts the true likeness, and confers animal names and natures upon its own misconceptions.


12. SH 67:18 

The notion that animal natures can possibly give force to character is too absurd for consideration, when we remember that through spiritual ascendency our Lord and Master healed the sick, raised the dead, and commanded even the winds and waves to obey him. Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.


13. SH 57:22 

Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return. Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it. The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.


14. SH 242:15 In 

In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.


15. SH 288:3 

The suppositional warfare between truth and error is only the mental conflict between the evidence of the spiritual senses and the testimony of the material senses, and this warfare between the Spirit and flesh will settle all questions through faith in and the understanding of divine Love.


16. SH 340:12 

Divine Love is infinite. Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.


17. SH 454:9–10 (to 2nd .) 

Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned.


18. SH 243:27 

Truth, Life, and Love are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they declare nothing except God.


19. SH 43:32 (only) 

Love must triumph over hate.



Printed from CONCORD: A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE STUDY RESOURCE, published by The Christian Science Board of Directors in Boston, MA, USA. This content may be under copyright and may not be further reproduced or distributed, unless permitted under the Concord User License Agreement.