Christian Science Testimony

         As I was rereading the New Testament, I came across this beautiful verse in Matthew, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you," and I thought with gratitude what the practice of that verse had meant to me. Years ago I thought I had an enemy, and at that time it was a great temptation to me to talk the person over with my friends and expose the errors of his way. I was so stirred and distressed that every time the thought of this person came to me I turned away from the material sense of man and struggled to behold the perfect man, as Mrs. Eddy tells us on pages 476-477 of Science and Health, where she says: "Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick." It was a struggle. It was the hardest thing I had ever tried to do. A voice seemed to say: "If God is Love and All-in-all, why can't you prove it? Why should you be tormented with hateful, suspicious thoughts?"

         After months of persistent effort I found that the suspicious, resentful thoughts had been replaced by charitable ones, and I found that the person expressed much good which I had not been able to see before. I was wonderfully happy. Besides all this, a serious disease which sometime previously had stubbornly resisted Christian Science treatment vanished without my knowing when it disappeared.

Gladys Hayward
San Jose, California


"Testimonies of Healing"
The Christian Science Journal, January, 1921

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