"Love thy neighbor"

When Abram and Lot separated in the land of Canaan, after finding that they could no longer dwell together in peace and harmony, Abram's attitude was expressed in these words: "Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren." On page 444 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy quotes these words, and adds, "Immortals, or God's children in divine Science, are one harmonious family; but mortals, or the 'children of men' in material sense, are discordant and ofttimes false brethren." The story in Genesis shows that Abram's faith and love were put to the test many times; and through the centuries the same problem has confronted all mankind, for human nature is the same today as it was when Abram and Lot tended their flocks and herds in the land of Canaan.

Now it is a comparatively easy matter to say to our brother, Let there be no strife between me and thee, but how to put it into practice is what this world needs to know. The Mosaic law with its "Thou shalt not" did not solve the problem, though it supplied a certain need at the time it was given; but gradually there unfolded to human consciousness a higher sense of love, until it burst forth and was manifested in the teachings and life of Christ Jesus. He gave to the world a new commandment in these words: "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." It however remained for Mrs. Eddy, in Christian Science, to show us how to do this.

July 21, 1917

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