I was introduced to Christian Science as an adult and immediately endeavored to embrace its teachings and way of life. At the same time, I frequently shared a work shift with a person I didn’t like. I thought she was gruff and unpleasant. I felt guilty about my unchristian thoughts and knew that harboring judgmental feelings toward anyone isn’t conducive to happiness or healing, so I turned to God.
Thankfully, as I prayed, God gave me the insight to see that with God’s help I could do something about the situation. Even if I couldn’t change my coworker, I could change the way I thought about her. I knew that one of the primary guidelines of Christian Science is the Golden Rule: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them” (Matthew 7:12). This means that we are to be charitable to everyone without exception.
I reflected on the life of Jesus, who loved everyone, even those who had clearly sinned, including those who crucified him. Loving, for him, was natural and all-inclusive.