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Infinite good—the dawning and the meridian

From the October 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It might seem a little strange to be talking about infinite good at the very time when the world’s evil and violence seem so widespread. But one of the effects of such aggressive evil has plainly been to cause people to resist it with new strength and fervor. They’ve been waking up to what means the most in their lives, and they’ve been standing up for good. It’s become increasingly evident, too, that one small instance of genuine, selfless good has the power to move the hearts of millions. 

In Paul’s letter to the Christians at Rome he told them, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:12). There’s a timelessness to his words that is a better measure of where we are than all the morning news headlines. 

All too often, though, even when we believe we are doing our best to live and walk in the light of Christ, we may feel that we ourselves are a terribly long way from knowing enough, or that we’re spiritually not deserving enough. We may be tempted to feel like the Psalmist who wrote: “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” (Psalms 139:17)—but who also felt compelled to confess his own earthbound limits: “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it” (verse 6). 

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