Love and Patience

There are probably few of us who would not own that from the time we left childhood until in the providence of God we came into some understanding of Christian Science, we little knew the real meaning of love, the only love, that which is without passion or prejudice, described in our text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy (p. 13), as "impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals."

Love is wonderfully portrayed in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians under the name of "charity;" but for one of us to claim now that we comprehend the fulness of this divine idea, would be for a bird on the wing to attempt to compass the unfathomable reaches of infinite space—his farthest flight could only convince him the more of its infinity. It has been said that while we cannot know all of God, we can at least know something of God's allness. The Lesson-Sermons are a continuous revelation to us of this allness, of the fulness of Love divine. In one for which the writer was especially grateful, the qualities inseparable from love—patience, humility, unselfishness, justice, steadfastness—were dwelt upon, and the emphasis laid on certain of these gave occasion for serious thought as to the significance of the statement: "Love suffereth long, and is kind" (Rev. Ver.).

The Burning Bush
November 6, 1915

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