I want to tell you why this is my focus today. A man gave a testimony of healing right here in our local Christian Science church on a Wednesday night. He visits the area a couple times a year, so he comes to church here a couple times a year. He was deeply concerned about one of his daughters—she was very ill. And she was healed. He humbly closed his testimony with these words: “I’ll be very grateful when I don’t become fearful anymore, but until then I’m very grateful I have Christian Science to handle the fear.”
I found that very touching. We know not to be afraid. We don’t want to be afraid. So the power of God, the law of Love, is at work for us removing the fear and removing the material evidence which is so deceptive. Christ Jesus proved these laws of Love, showing us how to do this. “Be not afraid!” (John 6:20). He said this to his disciples. He even told a man whose daughter had died that he should not be fearful. Jesus’ words, before he raised the child from the dead, were “Be not afraid, only believe” (Mark 5:36).
I think that’s why, in her textbook on healing, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, directs us to begin by allaying the fear (see p. 411). How do we do that? How is fear removed? That would be a staggering task if we were to take it personally. It’s the power of divine Love that removes the fear. The Bible tells us: “There is no fear in Love. Perfect Love [in other words, God’s love] casts out fear” (see I John 4:18). That makes sense when you think about it. We know God is All, so that tells us divine Love is All. What does that say about fear? The allness of God, of Love, tells us there is no fear!