5/21: The tender Christ

5/21: The tender Christ

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  1. Thank you Mary Alice for this so-important Lift. There is a tenderness that accompanies the Christ. True, it is what enables us to heal sickness and sin, but it also makes us more loving, compassionate, and understanding. Harsh words and condemnation simply go away, as they were never part of our true nature. The tenderness and compassion that Jesus displayed opened the door wide for divine Love to transform the lives of those he met; not just physically, but transformed there character and nature. They became better people.Whenever I see a picture or painting of Mary Baker Eddy I can't help but see in her face both tenderness and a firm resolve, reflecting the Christ-nature. Thank you again.

  2. A lovely thought and a lovely lift. Thank you.

  3. Thank you Mary Alice, thank you.

  4. Many thanks Mary Alice for this inspiring lift. Yes. "The same Christ-spirit which inspired Jesus in all that he said and did, is here today." "Christians are under as direct orders now, as they were then, to be Christlike, to possess the Christ-spirit, to follow the Christ-example, and to heal the sick as well as
    the sinning." (S&H 138;18). "Gracious Spirit, dwell with me:/ I myself would gracious be,/ And with words that help and heal/ Would Thy life in mine reveal;/ And with actions bold and meek/ Christ's own gracious spirit speak." Hymn 88.

  5. “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Prob. 3:12
    (I rather think that we punish ourselves with the stupid things or dirty tricks to do.)

    Jesus was motivated by a boundless love.
    He was tender but firm, almost as a big brother is expected to be.

    He was judged:
    “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.” Matt. 11:19

    But he judged no man:
    “Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man” John 8:15

    “Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more”. S&H 11:1

    “Porque Jehová al que ama castiga, como el padre al hijo a quien quiere.” Probervios 3:12
    (Yo más bien creo que nos castigamos nosotros mismos con las estupideces o canalladas que hacemos.)

    A Jesús lo motivaba un amor desmesurado.
    Él era tierno pero firme; casi como lo que se espera de un hermano mayor.

    A él lo juzgaban:
    He aquí un hombre comilón, y bebedor de vino, amigo de publicanos y de pecadores.” Matt. 11:19

    Pero él no juzgaba a nadie:
    ”Vosotros juzgáis según la carne; mas yo no juzgo a nadie.” Juan 8:15

    “La oración de Jesús: "Perdónanos nuestras deudas" especificó también las condiciones del perdón. Cuando perdonó a la mujer adúltera, le dijo: "Vete, y no peques más"”. CyS 11:1

  6. That's a lovely piece reminding us God shall keep loving and correcting us. His impartation (Christ), leads and protects us always. Thanks very much for the beautiful morning lifter.

  7. Mary, Thank you.

  8. Thank you, M.A. ... So very lovely…tenderness…something to nurture and to be mindful of…

  9. What a lift!

  10. Courage and tenderness. Thank you Mary Rose for helping me and all mankind by sharing your courage and tenderness as a Christian Science lecturer.

  11. Thank you Mary Alice for this gentle "Uplift" It brought to mind the 3rd verse of one of my favourite hymns in The Ch; Sc. Hymnal ..."The tender Christ is here to bless, and all the storms of earth are stilled". It never ceases to amaze and delight me how close these hymn writers get to expressing such clear ideas of Truth as brought to us by Mrs Eddy in her book Science and Health with KEY to the scriptures, to them all I would say THANK YOU! and to all who are in any way involved with these daily lifts.
    LOVE to ALL June

  12. Thank you Mary Alice for the lovely lift this morning.

  13. Thank you forthis tender reminder of our Fathers unending Love.

  14. Each DAILY LIFT is a treasured blessing. Thank you, Mary Alice, for today's.

  15. Mary Alice, thank you for the inspiring gentle reminder.

  16. Thank you for this very lovely Lift.

  17. I love that you pointed out how the Christ helps us relate to others with "both courage of conviction AND the utmost tenderness." Lovely. Many thanks, Mary Alice!

  18. "...Because he was their friend." Oh I love that! Thank you for this message today, Mary Alice.

  19. Dear Mary Alice,

    Thank you for this Lift. Thank you to the other Lifters as well, especially June (#11) and Malcolm (#4).

    Sometimes it seems to easy to find fault with another or to separate ourselves from people and to keep justifying this distance due to things they have said, done and/or say and do. What really hit me about the Lift was the Jesus never did condemn anyone. He always addressed actions or misguided thought. He was very logical and loving in his actions.

    There is an organization that I support and a week ago I was dismayed. So many people do not talk to one another and there is always a reason for it - a 'history'. The discord seems to be greater than the 'at-one-ment". Am I without fault? Far from; I am still working to embrace my true identity, one of perfection. Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures wrote:-

    "We are ALL sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought" (p 248:14)

    I therefore have to be patient, loving and supportive of others as well as myself as we chisel away the material picture and embrace our true identity. At times we may feel we are in a very dark room, all alone; if we look carefully we see a small lit candle.

    As we approach the light, extend our candle to catch the light, we see others; one by one, they learn from us and begin to extend their candles toward the lit candle and soon the darkness is replaced with light. Love is OUR light (see Micah 7:8, when). Thx.

  20. Thanks be to you and God.
    Your lift brings to mind an experience I had with a 6th grade ,troubled young man who I taught several years ago. One particular day he was having behavior challenges(I was his special education teacher)and said to him .."let's take a walk" I would do this with certain students to prevent further disruption in the classroom, during the regular ed teacher's instruction time.
    While doing our walk and talk time he shared with me he didnt know why he gets so angry with himself or others and how during those time he will ask himself, "What would Jesus do?" Together we shared what we believed Jesus would do..and he was able to return to class with a more positive, calmer attitude.
    I thanked him for sharing that with me .. and to this day the precious words of that precious child of God is often reflected upon by me during challenging situations that arise within myself or with others.
    Some thoughts that come to mind are to be loving,kind,compassionate,understanding, tolerant, patient, forgiving, encouraging.....etc

  21. Thank you very much for this very uplifting DL today. IT reminded me of Hymn 412: "The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking. Unloosing bonds of all captivity". Such tenderness available for us today and for ever.
    Blessings to all the spiritual family aroundthe world.

  22. So tender!!! Thank you, Mary Alice!

  23. Hi Mary Alice ~ Thank you for special message of love. Reminds me of Hymn #245 "Oh tender, loving Shepherd." Tender love is so vital to effective healing. Lots of love.

  24. Thanks so much for this tender message.

  25. The Daily Lifts are so important. They are rays of light that go out and brighten our world. I share them daily and know they've made a difference in many lives.
    Thank you Mary Ellen, Martin, Troy from Barbados,and all the lifters and commenters.

  26. Thank you Mary Rose and all of those who comment. The Lifts are all so helpful to me.

  27. I’ve been jerked away from the oncoming traffic so often that I finally concluded that Christ Truth has a tether on me. Stick with me, fear not, I am told. Even if I gawk around, looking confused with my mouth open, there is this tender love patiently dragging me to higher ground.

    S&H 332:9 “Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness. The Christ is incorporeal, spiritual, — yea, the divine image and likeness, dispelling the illusions of the senses; the Way, the Truth, and the Life, healing the sick and casting out evils, destroying sin, disease, and death.”

    Paying more attention to spiritual good speaking, yes, to human consciousness puts a little slack in the tether for a smoother journey.

    Thank you Mary Alice! And I am with you #11 June about the great hymns. Christ’s sound bites.

  28. Según el diccionario, tender, quiere decir, presentar, ofrecer, pero también dice: Ternura. Cristojesús... nos ofrece en su presentación cómo actuar con ternura, o sea con Amor. Su vida es un ejemplo no ya de presentación sino de realización.

    "Entonces comenzó Jesús a decirles por parábolas: Un hombre plantó una viña, la cercó de vallado, cavó un lagar, edificó una torre y la arrendó a unos labradores y se fue lejos" Marcos

    El aparente alejamiento de Cristo; no nos exime de continuar con su amorosa tarea sino que la agiganta, Él plantó la viña, y nosotros debemos cuidarla, con la misma aptitud, ofreciendo con la misma ternura todo nuestro esfuerzo, cómo así Él lo hizo.

    "La dulce y sagrada consciencia y permanencia de la unidad del hombre con su Hacedor, en la Ciencia, ilumina nuestra existencia presente con la omnipotencia y el poder de Dios el bien" MBE

    Muchas gracias Mary Alice, por el mensaje, la ispiración también es...ternura que eleva.

  29. Thank you Mary Alice. What a wonderful way to start my day with the assurance of God's tender care and love for all his ideas coming to me through such clear thought and beautiful delivery. It is as though the message was meant specifically for my ears as we go into another annual event at our home. Thousands of motorcycle riders, including many of our friends and family will be headed for the National Mall to honor men and women who have served our country this Memorial Weekend. We can expect our Father/Mother's boundless love to embrace all participants as we regard one another with the "utmost tenderness."

  30. Thank you, Mary Alice, for this tender reminder of our Christliness. That's how I think of our Daily Lifts - as gentle, tender reminders of who we really are! It takes a lot of Love and Courage to be a Christian Scientist. So grateful to Jesus for showing us The Way!

  31. A spiritual lifting up of "tenderness" and why we come with it.
    Affection, fondness, love, devotion, kindness, emotion, sentiment, -- by the dictionary. By your example and delivery, joy in the Lord.

  32. Mary thanks very much for your message, you are absolutely right and i am a living testimony of your message. when i got into the christian science doctrine a lot of comment were made by my friends about the doctrine but that does not move me, what moved me and also inspired me most was the message i get from reading of the science and health with key to the scripture by Mary Baker Eddy. god richly bless you.

  33. A lovely focus on the fact that Jesus reflected BOTH Love and Principle from his Father-Mother--neither of which functions alone, but together, provide that healing touch. What a wonderful thing to remember, Mary Alice, thank you!

  34. Thank you Mary Alice for a beautiful daily lift.

  35. Thanks for such an inspiring lift! Divine Love is Principle, and Principle is Love! Divine Love is the law. These two names (synonyms) for God describe our perfect divine Parent whom we reflect. Like Father-Mother, like children...The nature of the Christ is our inherent Godly nature, God with us, our perfect divinity expressed; it is ours to live. What a concept! Better yet, what a fact!! So we can do as Christ Jesus said: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect."

    Mrs. Eddy brought out in the Church Manual, a Rule for Motives and Acts, p. 40,
    "In Science, divine Love alone governs man; and a Christian Scientist reflects the sweet amenities of Love (God), in rebuking sin (not judging the sinner), in true brotherliness, charitableness, and forgiveness." Christian Science is a great way to live the law of Love.
    Thanks to Mary Alice, Staff and all lifters for such thoughtful comments : - ))

  36. Thank you, Mary Alice, this is just what our seeming suffering and sinful world needs for healing.

  37. Thank you very much! This message awoke me a little more to the importance of recognizing the difference between divine Love who is always tender and the harsh correction of so called "human mind" who judges, condemns, etc....
    So important to discern the crucial difference here!

  38. Thank you so much, Mary Alice!

  39. These lifts are truly precious. Thank you so much Mary Alice. Your lift reminds me of the expression, "A firm hand in a kid glove." All the compassion and tenderness has Love and yet the stable, firm guidance of Principle. Jesus certainly was the wayshower. It is our purpose also to take up the cross as we express and reflect God. As Troy from Barbados aptly quoted from S&H 248:14 "We are ALL sculptors, working at various forms, moulding and chiseling thought." I also liked his description of us as scupltors "as we chisel away at the material picture and embace our true identity." We are God's infinite manifestations, expressing God, also being Love and Principle.

  40. Thank you Mary Alice for this "tender", but firm message today!

  41. The "Tender Christ". When I stop to think of these words and that I am an expression of this tenderness it has a calming effect. I am lead to the passage which reads, "Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory."

    Oh What Tenderness This Is! Enjoy your day Daily Lifters.

    Daily Lift Team
    The quote "Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, — wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory." is from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

  42. The tender Christ is within all of us right now no matter what the persuasion. My father had such tender care for me, when he saw me crawling across the road as a car came barreling down. I was only 1 at the time and like a baseball player flew across the road and picked me up rolling both of us to safety. What about those NY subway hero's we hear on the news who saved those individuals when they fell on the tracks. Perfect strangers moved by the tender Christ to forget themselves and completely think of the other guy. What ever persuasion they were, they were just reflecting the tender Christ, their real true selves.

  43. So helpful, Mary. I liked the illustration of correcting a small child from running out into traffic for his own good and safety. The rebuke will be successful when given free from fear and anger, but with courage and tenderness. It is Science to rebuke the error, but love the individual, and not be impressed by any resistance or chemicalization. (See the scientific explanation of "chemicalization", (used 13 times in Science and Health).

  44. Today's Daily Lift was perfect for me...Thank you Mary Rose and all.

  45. Strength and gentleness and Parent Love.
    Thank you Mary Alice!
    And thanks Gary #38 for your insights

  46. So many helpful ideas have been shared here in the Lift and comments - thanks to ALL! I have a meeting scheduled today where I will be expressing my concerns, but hopefully with the tenderness of the Christ.

    I am also grateful for the link to the lecture on the need for actual churches, not just virtual. Although I greatly appreciate listening to the Sunday and Wednesday services broadcast from The Mother Church, they will never replace the love shared by attending my local branch church.

  47. Thank you, Mary Alice, for the helpful lesson on the Christ way of rebuke. Let's be open to it!

  48. What a tender message — one we can readily embrace and express in our own individual lives. And your lovely, soothing voice brings such gentleness to the expression of the message that one is uplifted instantly! Thank you, Mary Alice, for all your unselfish giving through your lectures, practice, and teaching. Much love.

  49. Thank you, Mary Alice, for “The tender Christ … loved all, who he encountered … ‘He rebuked sinners … because he was their friend’ … Jesus’ life illustrated our Father-Mother / God’s boundless love for each of us …”

    “God is love” (I John 4) … and we are in that image and likeness. So how does Love translate into my every day experiences? Mrs. Eddy provides guidance.

    “At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association, April 12, 1879, on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted, — To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing” (Man 17:8).

    “A Rule for Motives and Acts … Neither animosity nor mere personal attachment should impel the motives or acts of the members of The Mother Church. In Science, divine Love alone governs man … The members of this Church should daily watch and pray …” (Man 40:4).

    “Love … is sovereign! … I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results ... Love cannot be a mere abstraction … As a human quality … it is the tender, unselfish deed done in secret; the silent, ceaseless prayer; the self-forgetful heart that overflows … the gentle hand opening the door that turns toward want and woe, sickness and sorrow, and thus lighting the dark places of earth” (Mis 249-250).

    Thanks again, Mary Alice. Your lift has inspired me by the strength of its tenderness.

  50. Thank you Mary Alice, for voicing what I had sensed. I have always been attracted to people and situations where great might and strength were present, an underlying power you knew was there, but their demeanor was consistently gentle, and "tender" - unless there was a need for strong action to uphold the good and the right. Thank you for pointing out that it is the Christ presence we are feeling, and it's normal and natural for one to include the other. That was really reinforced when I read Rosa's comment, #35. We know that two of God's synonyms that are paired so frequently in Mrs. Eddy's writings are Principle and Love. DUH! I love counting on God, Principle, and Love - to be with me and all, always - as the tender Christ.
    And Nancy,#27, I'm with you too - thank heaven for Christ's "tether" - constantly "dragging us to higher ground!" That's Love and Principle in action - Thank the Lord!

  51. Thank you for this very inspiring lift. To Troy, #19, I was about to move away from someone who spoke very unkindly to me recently - but I realize that what I need to do is get that candle lit and extend it to her. Thanks for the heads up.

    These lifts have made a world of difference in my life, as I'm sure is true for many of us.

  52. I'd like to echo the commenter who wrote:
    Nancy in N.C.
    - 5/21/2014

    "I love that you pointed out how the Christ helps us relate to others with "both courage of conviction AND the utmost tenderness." Lovely. Many thanks, Mary Alice!"

    Lovely, indeed, Mary Alice, and said in a tone so loving, but with conviction. A great lesson.

  53. Thank You very much Mary Alice!..just lovely!...Boundless Love!! I just love this statement!

    .....Deep and Boundless Thanks : ) go to; 1 Martin; always encapsulates the D. Lifts' true ideas!., 4 Malcolm--perfect hymn..a favorite of mine "Gracious Spirit.."..; 5 Elena..so helpful!..; 19 Troy, your "candle" idea is lovely! And our material history IS a lie about God's man..we are not made up of human traits but only Spirits ideas!..; 27 Nancy, Thx for S&H quote..I love it!..; 30 Bevi, I agree it does take love and courage to be a C. Scientist!..but I'm still learning this love and courage comes to us through "God" so it shines through us!..; 41 Robin..to wait on God then forward!..yes!..; 43 Gary, excellent comments about not being impressed by resistance or chemicalization...deep ideas!..I'll work with these!........so many "boundless" ideas here from everyone I Love it!!!

    Sincere Gratitude and Thanks again for the wisdom of our Daily Lift family. I wished to comment individually because I haven't yet! And due to the possible changes down the road I wished to make it known to you "All" of my Love and Thanks for each and every beautiful idea that has been shared through all of you in these podcasts!....I'm soo GrateFULL!!!!!!

    Love and Hugs to All! : ) : ) : )

  54. It would seem that YOUR message to us could be printed also along with other's comments. It would not even take up as much space as some comments do and could then be read over and over again. I'm hoping this could be considered.

  55. Great message! Thank you.

  56. Thank you, Mary Alice, and all the lifter comments. Thanks for your willingness to utter Truth. We are not punch drunk fighters reacting to adversity, but rather hearts in protest of the Truth that sets us free. These loving, thoughtful lifts help me keep that in mind. Len

  57. I listened to the podcast early this morning from the top of a peak on the trail that I hike. Thanks for the guide.

  58. Thank you, Mary Alice, and especially #1 Martin. Let us keep our minds over brimming with tenderness, love and compassion today and everyday!

  59. Thank you for this helpful message.

  60. Thank you Mary Alice! such a gentle loving Christly message to lift our hearts and carry with us through the rest of the day!

  61. Thank you so much, Mary Alice, for the thought of tenderness.
    How the world needs not only our Christly friendship, but one laced with tenderness.
    A very dear thought.

  62. Thank you Mary Alice. Thinking about Jesus' tenderness has a calming effect on me. I have to think about it more often. Thank's.

  63. Thinking of little children and their love of tenderness as Jesus expressed in that child-like manner. I am learning to look at each one of God's children as tender-compassionate ideas of God. Thank you Mary Alice for the gentle reminder. Peacefully,

  64. This was so helpful to me today. Thank you!

  65. Thank you for reminding us of Jesus' tender care for all of God's children!

  66. Thank you so much for this great message (and fine delivery), Mary Alice. I love what points out about Jesus rebuking the sinners because "he was their friend", because of his love for them. It is a fine illustration of how Principle and Love go together and, in fact, one cannot exist without the other.

  67. Thank you so much for this blessing of boundless love, helping us relate to one another with the utmost tenderness.

  68. Thank you, Mary Alice.

  69. Thank you Mary Alice!
    "The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking". Love's gentleness embraces all mankind always and we are that "gentle beam" of Love shining out to all and seeing only God's reflection
    Last night at our Wednesday evening meeting a stranger joined us and shared his distressing situation of not feeling loved. This man left knowing that God loves him and that we are all His beloved children sharing the realization that God is our Father-Mother
    Thank you for this timely lesson

  70. Thank you for reminding us where rebuke belongs!

  71. How grateful I am to be reminded of the love Jesus expressed, even to the one who sinned. Thank you for your inspiring message. Also, I am doubly grateful for the opportunity to have these Daily Lifts, especially when realizing how expensive this is costing. Blessings to all who help bring this gift to us, and I am often inspired and blessed by those sending in their comments.

  72. Thank you very much Mary Alice.