Love and Watchfulness

How much there is in the New Testament of admonition to love and watchfulness, two attributes that as Christian Scientists we should strive to make our very own. Love that is loyal to Truth; love that dares to point out an error; love that bears another's burden; the love that seeketh not its own, but another's good; the loving thought that yearns to share with others the blessings which come with one's understanding of God as revealed through Christian Science. Such love is expressed in watchfulness, and as Scientists we need to be watchful of our thoughts as well as of our actions.

Paul says, "Henceforth know we no man after the flesh:" i.e., we deny self, personality, materiality in all its forms; we affirm that all is Spirit. But do we live in accordance with this affirmation? Do we never think of sickness and sin as a reality?

Paul also says, "For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor." Does not Paul mean by this, that if we make a reality of the things which we have overcome, and by so doing make a reality of them to ourselves or others, we are building again those false claims? We are knowing again the man of the flesh. Mortal mind and its beliefs have dominion over us. We are entangled again with the yoke of bondage, and we must again tear down the belief of material life and intelligence, return to the starting-point of God's allness and man as His image and likeness.

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