The healing power of mercy

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 readings, Second Church, Berkeley CA
SH II Sam. 15:20 1st mercy
20 …mercy and truth be with thee.
SH Hos. 2:23 2nd I
23 …I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
SH Hos. 6:6 (to 1st ;)
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice;
SH Ps. 68:5, 6 (to 1st :)
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. 6 God setteth the solitary in families:
SH Ps. 25:6 (to 1st ;)
6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses;
SH Ps. 36:5
5 Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
SH Ps. 89:1
1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
SH Mark 6:34
34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.
SH Matt. 7:12 1st all
12 …all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
SH John 8:2 1st early, 3-11
2 …early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
SH Ps. 51:1
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
SH Jer. 31:3
3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
SH Ps. 63:3
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
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 481:12-15
The forbidden fruit of knowledge,
against which wisdom warns man, is the testimony of
error, declaring existence to be at the mercy of death,
and good and evil to be capable of commingling.
SH 250:30-32
Science reveals Life as not being
at the mercy of death, nor will Science admit that happi-
ness is ever the sport of circumstance.
SH 9:5
The test of all prayer lies in the answer to these
questions: Do we love our neighbor better because of
this asking? Do we pursue the old selfish-
ness, satisfied with having prayed for some-
thing better, though we give no evidence of the sin-
cerity of our requests by living consistently with our
prayer? If selfishness has given place to kindness,
we shall regard our neighbor unselfishly, and bless
them that curse us; but we shall never meet this great
duty simply by asking that it may be done. There is
a cross to be taken up before we can enjoy the fruition
of our hope and faith.
SH 205:22-3
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.
Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards
the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the one-
ness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of
Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
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 con-
sciousness of the existence of matter or error.
SH 18:3-5 ; 19:6
and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated
man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him
endless homage.
SH 465:17-1 Principle
Principle and its idea is one,
and this one is God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-
present Being, and His reflection is man and the universe.
SH 358:4-5, 9-11, 15
man’s Life? If God is at the mercy of matter,
then matter is omnipotent.
Christian Science, understood, coincides with the
Scriptures, and sustains logically and demonstratively
every point it presents.
It presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth
against error, uttered and illustrated by the prophets,
by Jesus, by his apostles, as is recorded throughout the
SH 430:17-20, 27-30 ; 431:2
Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried
in court. A man is charged with having committed liver-
complaint. The patient feels ill, ruminates,
and the trial commences.
The evidence for the prosecution being called for, a
witness testifies thus: –
I represent Health-laws. I was present on certain nights
when the prisoner, or patient, watched with a sick friend.
SH 432:16-19
The Judge asks if by doing good to his neighbor, it is
possible for man to become diseased, transgress the laws,
and merit punishment, and Governor Mortality replies in
the affirmative.
SH 433:19-24
Because he has
loved his neighbor as himself, Mortal Man has
been guilty of benevolence in the first degree,
and this has led him into the commission of the second
crime, liver-complaint, which material laws condemn as
SH 440:15-16, 30
Now what greater justification can any deed
have, than that it is for the good of one’s neighbor?
I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit
to restore to Mortal Man the rights of which he has been
SH 437:14-19, 32-7
Man self-destroyed; the testimony of matter respected;
Spirit not allowed a hearing; Soul a criminal though
recommended to mercy; the helpless innocent body tor-
tured, – these are the terrible records of your Court of
Error, and I ask that the Supreme Court of Spirit reverse
this decision.
The attorney, Christian Science, then read from the
supreme statute-book, the Bible, certain extracts on the
Rights of Man, remarking, that the Bible was better au-
thority than Blackstone: –
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and
let them have dominion.
Behold, I give unto you power . . . over all the power
of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
SH 441:17-20
Reversing the
testimony of Personal Sense and the decrees of the Court of
Error in favor of Matter, Spirit decides in favor of Man
and against Matter.
SH 317:16-20
The individuality of man is no less tangible because
it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of
matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality
makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and en-
ables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.
SH 538:3
Truth should, and does, drive error out of all selfhood.
Truth is a two-edged sword, guarding and guiding.
Truth places the cherub wisdom at the gate
of understanding to note the proper guests.
Radiant with mercy and justice, the sword of Truth
gleams afar and indicates the infinite distance between
Truth and error, between the material and spiritual, –
the unreal and the real.
SH 329:22 Science
Science is a
divine demand, not a human. Always right,
its divine Principle never repents, but main-
tains the claim of Truth by quenching error.
The pardon of divine mercy is the destruction of error. If
men understood their real spiritual source to be all bless-
edness, they would struggle for recourse to the spiritual
and be at peace; but the deeper the error into which mor-
tal mind is plunged, the more intense the opposition to
spirituality, till error yields to Truth.
SH 248:29-32
Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice,
health, holiness, love – the kingdom of heaven – reign
within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until
they finally disappear.
II Sam. 15:20 mercy
Hos. 2:23 2nd I
Hos. 6:6 (to ;)
Ps. 68:5, 6 (to :)
Ps. 25:6 (to ;)
Ps. 36:5
Ps. 89:1
Mark 6:34
Matt. 7:12 all
John 8:2 early, 3-11
Ps. 51:1
Jer. 31:3
Ps. 63:3
Ps. 69:16
SH 481:12-15
SH 250:30-32
SH 9:5
SH 205:22-3
SH 18:3-5; 19:6
SH 465:17-1 Principle
SH 358:4-5, 9-11, 15
SH 430:17-20, 27-30; 431:2
SH 432:16-19
SH 433:19-24
SH 440:15-16, 30
SH 437:14-19, 32-7
SH 441:17-20
SH 317:16-20
SH 538:3
SH 329:22 Science
SH 248:29-32

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