If you’ve ever tempted to hate another person, whether a politician, co-worker, family member, or neighbor, it’s an opportunity to love more and learn the value of impersonalizing evil.
In Christian Science, one learns that evil is never a person. Other people may act evilly, but the evil they act out is not their person. It’s a wrong state of mind influencing them. When the wrong state of mind is corrected, the influence of evil disappears, and the person’s more Godlike nature emerges and takes over.
We can do the most good for society when we impersonalize evil and pray to dissolve the evil that saves the person.
To impersonalize evil is to strip it of person, and to see its nothingness in view of Love’s omnipresence.
For instance, if a family member does something to offend you, rather than getting angry and resentful, separate the action from their person, and pray to see the unreality of the perceived evil. Undo it. See clearly, that only the Mind of Love reigns in your family, creating goodwill between family members. That there is no room for pride, self-righteousness, dishonesty, cruelty or revenge to exist in your family of Love. Lose all fear of the evil. Disempower it. See its nothingness until it doesn’t get you upset any longer. See the child of Love that exists in that family member, and hold steadfast to their identity in God’s likeness until it comes out and confirms itself.
All of God’s children were created to be kind, loving and mutually supportive. Any act to the contrary is not their individuality, and should not be identified as such.
See the child of God in everyone. Don’t let evil take on person-like status in your mind. Impersonalize it and strip it of individuality. See the individual of God’s creating in its place, and improve the community you are part of.
“Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.”
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, p. 71.