"Thou art whole." (Or in other translations: You are healed/you are well/You look wonderful/Thou hast been strengthened.*)
That was what a master healer once claimed to an individual who had been healed after 38 years of invalidism. Jesus' further teachings instructed us all:
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Or in other translations: Be shlemim (complete), even as is your Av Shomayim/ You must be good in every way, as your Father in heaven is good in every way. **)
What does it mean to be complete, whole, perfect?
It has a lot to do with understanding that we are the expression of God, aka the children of God.
Mary Baker Eddy writes, "Unless you fully perceive that you are the child of God, hence perfect, you have no Principle to demonstrate and no rule for its demonstration." (From The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany p. 242:8 )
Accepting this and the principle that we are made in the image and likeness of God ( ie perfect), our very being is based on a perfect principle of God, who is Truth and Love.
So what is the basis of perfection?
Perfect means: Having all parts present………
So this means: YOU ARE WHOLE
Perfect means: Having everything that is required…………
So this means: YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Perfect means: Complete in moral excellencies…………….
So this means: YOU ARE NATURALLY KIND, GENEROUS, ACCURATE, HONEST, UPRIGHT
Perfect means: Perfect Love…………………………………
So this means: YOU ARE LOVED, LOVABLE, LOVELY and LOVING
Perfect means: Exactly fitting the need in every situation………….
So this means: YOU ARE IN YOUR RIGHT PLACE and SITUATION; YOU HAVE A MISSION AND A PURPOSE IN LIFE
Perfect means: Entirely without flaws or blemish……………
So this means: YOU ARE COMPLETE, CLEAN, CERTAIN, CONFIDENT, SURE, and PURE
From this basis of wholeness, we can meet any challenge with increased confidence. We have all we need to meet any discord, disease, or lack. And that is something for which we can be completely grateful!
For more background on Christian Science and how it heals, go to christianscience.com.
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016