Love's Sufficiency

THERE are few passages in Mrs. Eddy's writings which have awakened more interest or begotten more inquiring thought than that which affirms that "divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (Science and Health, p. 494). The questioning referred to has grown, for the most part, out of the failure of those who, though sincere and earnest in their attempted demonstration of health, or the supply of other needs, have not effectively related this sentence to the succeeding and correlated words of the paragraph in which it is found. Mrs. Eddy goes right on to say, "It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good."

Reading the statement as a whole, it is to be seen that Love, as here used, includes very much more than mere kindly disposition. As commonly used, the word love often stands simply for the selfish, monopolistic impulses of kinship. Upon a higher plane it conveys the thought of affectionate good will, of all those noble impulses in which human brotherhood is grounded. It speaks for genuine unselfishness, for true devotion. Upon a yet higher plane it stands for glad and obedient response to divine Truth. The word when capitalized, however, surely embraces very much more than all these nobler meanings. It signifies not only quality but substance, the spiritually creative and corrective energy and efficiency; it is the God who is Love and is the "divine power to heal" which "supplies all good;" and the relations of this understanding of the term in Christian Science to human life are at once recognized as of vital significance. That Love can and does measure up to the demand of every human need, is now clearly seen.

June 12, 1920

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