Tender Mercies, Sweet Persuasions

2nd Church, Berkeley Wed., 3/12/14 Readings on “Tender Mercies, Sweet Persuasions”
SH Ps. 40:1, 3 (to 1st :), 5, 8, 10, 11
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
SH Ps. 69:16
16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
SH Ps. 103:2, 4 2nd who
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
SH Isa. 52:7
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
SH Isa. 53:2 (to 1st :), 3 (to 1st :), 4 (to 1st :), 5 1st the
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: 5 …the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
SH Isa. 40:11
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
SH John 21:12 (to 1st .), 15
12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. 15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
SH John 15:7, 9
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
SH Luke 19:9, 10 1st the
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 …the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
SH Luke 7:50
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
SH Luke 8:48
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
SH John 8:11 1st Jesus
11 …Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
SH Eph. 4:32 1st be
32 …be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
SH 3:12-16
The Divine Being must be reflected by man, – else
man is not the image and likeness of the patient,
tender, and true, the One “altogether lovely;” but to
understand God is the work of eternity, and demands
absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
SH 57:4-11, 23-24
Union of the masculine and feminine qualities consti-
tutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a
higher tone through certain elements of the
feminine, while the feminine mind gains cour-
age and strength through masculine qualities. These
different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and
their true harmony is in spiritual oneness. Both sexes
should be loving, pure, tender, and strong.
Love enriches the nature, en-
larging, purifying, and elevating it.
SH 411:32-1, 4-5, 7 be
If you succeed in wholly removing the fear,
your patient is healed.
If the student silently called the disease by name, when
he argued against it, as a general rule the body
son replies more readily when his name is spoken; but
this was because the student was not perfectly attuned to
divine Science, and needed the arguments of truth for
reminders. If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear
witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific
way, and the healing is instantaneous.
SH 332:4 Father-Mother
Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which in-
dicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.
As the apostle expressed it in words which he
quoted with approbation from a classic poet:
“For we are also His offspring.
SH 362:1-12 this
IT is related in the seventh chapter of Luke’s Gospel
that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain
Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike
Simon the disciple. While they were at meat, an unusual
incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene
of Oriental festivity. A “strange woman”
came in. Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from
such a place and such society, especially under the stern
rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hin-
doo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste
Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has
since been called) approached Jesus.
SH 363:8
Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adora-
tion? No! He regarded her compassionately. Nor was
this all. Knowing what those around him
were saying in their hearts, especially his host,
– that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the
exalted guest did not at once detect the woman’s immoral
status and bid her depart, – knowing this, Jesus rebuked
them with a short story or parable. He described two
debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who
were released from their obligations by their common
creditor. “Which of them will love him most?” was the
Master’s question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon re-
plied, “He to whom he forgave most.” Jesus approved
the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, follow-
ing it with that remarkable declaration to the woman,
“Thy sins are forgiven.
SH 366:30-23
If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we
must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we
would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent
of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor
bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes
of its letter. The tender word and Christian
encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience
with his fears and the removal of them, are better than
hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed
speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so
many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame
with divine Love.
This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not
“for the loaves and fishes,” nor, like the Pharisee, with
the arrogance of rank and display of scholar-
ship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the sum-
mit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and
the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and
with those hairs all numbered by the Father.
A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period
of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: “Ye
are the salt of the earth.” “Ye are the light
of the world. A city that is set on an hill can-
not be hid.” Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt
lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but
radiate and glow into noontide glory.
SH 507:3-6
Spirit duly
feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line
of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the father-
hood and motherhood of God.
Ps. 40:1, 3 (to :), 5, 8, 10, 11
Ps. 69:16
Ps. 103:2, 4 2nd who
Isa. 52:7
Isa. 53:2 (to :), 3 (to :), 4 (to :), 5 the
Isa. 40:11
John 21:12 (to 1st .), 15
John 15:7, 9
Luke 19:9, 10 the
Luke 7:50
Luke 8:48
John 8:11 Jesus
Eph. 4:32 be
SH 3:12-16
SH 57:4-11, 23-24
SH 411:32-1, 4-5, 7 be
SH 332:4 Father-Mother
SH 362:1-12 this
SH 366:30-23
SH 507:3-6

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