Love is Interest

I am so much indebted to a friend for a helpful thought that I gladly give it wings through our faithful carrier-dove, the Sentinel.

The desire to know what love is and how we can keep the commandment "love one another," was a prayer, and this is the way it was answered. A sister Scientist came from another city to spend the Christmas holidays, and she brought with her the priceless gifts of true thoughts. In the course of conversation one day she said, "Love is interest." Then the scales fell from my eyes, and I could see that many of us find it difficult to love because we do not know how to begin.

When Christian Science awakens us to the fact of our indifference to all the rest of the world except our own chosen circle of friends, we begin to ask, "What wilt Thou have me to do? Who shall deliver me from this deadness? Then we hear the commands thou shalt love—God and thy neighbor. But we cannot at once demonstrate a divine affection which flows out in blessing to all mankind. Although we sometimes talk as if we could, this lofty height is not reached at a single bound. It is a gradual ascent, step by step, and the first step is interest in others, who, to our mortal sense, are not particularly attractive.

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The Question of Money
April 4, 1901

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