LOVE AND LAW

Pondering, the other day, that wonderful chapter on love (I Corinthians, xiii.), the conviction came to me with fresh force that, to quote Robert Browning, "All's love, yet all's law." Do we not know people who, though they speak with the tongues of men and of angels, yet leave us untouched? Men who, though bestowing all their material wealth to supply material need, understand not how to "feed the famished affections" (Science and Health, p. 16 )? On the other hand, there are those who are brimming over with a human sense of love and sympathy, yet neither of these helps to lift suffering humanity above material conditions, but rather the opposite.

At this point it flashed across my thought that our Leader's life is a remarkable exemplification of the truth of the above-mentioned chapter,—that the verses describing love's characteristics might have been written to give one a sense of the sweetness, self-containment, wisdom, serenity, and power of her life, "hid with Christ in God." We in this age need her example, the rightness of her spiritual concept and exemplification of love—the letter and the spirit, the love and the law. How beautiful to know that the teaching contained in our text-book is enabling us to fight, "not as one that beateth the air;" that the Science of being, the understanding of "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," and of that love which is the fulfilling of the law, is surely making us free from the illusive bondage of sin and death.

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