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From the February 1964 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"FINALLY, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phil. 4:8). This advice of Paul's to the Philippians is applicable today. If instead of relating all the unpleasantries about himself and his fellowmen—faults, diseases, operations, and so forth—everybody would think about and voice the good things, such as love, self-sacrifice, nobility, good would be exalted; it would be magnified; it would be elevated to paramount importance in thought and conversation.

The question is, What are we magnifying in our life experience, good or evil? Are we using the lens of love instead of that of hatred and fear? Are we magnifying God and recognizing the spiritual origin of man, as revealed in Christian Science, or are we magnifying our own difficulties and woes or those of others?

One dictionary defines the verb "to magnify" as follows: "to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance." Are we magnifying good? Mrs. Eddy points out that we can and must enlarge our sense of Deity if we are to experience the fruits of spiritual understanding, which are peace, joy, and heavenly bliss. In "Rudimental Divine Science" she tells us (p. 2): "Science defines the individuality of God as supreme good, Life, Truth, Love. This term enlarges our sense of Deity, takes away the trammels assigned to God by finite thought, and introduces us to higher definitions."