Love Goes Before

Christian Scientists have derived solace and assurance from Mrs. Eddy's words found in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (pp. 149, 150), "Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee." Realization of the ever-presence of Love and of divine omnipotence has reassured many a quaking heart, and sent many a troubled and faltering one forward refreshed, uplifted, heartened for life's journey.

Fear, discouragement, doubt—archenemies of happiness and well-being—disappear in the presence of the realization that God, the supreme, infinite All, is unchanging Love. Sublime truth! So important to mortals that it is dear above all earthly possessions, the pearl of greatest price! Nothing in the material universe weighs in the balance with this transcendent fact; and this precious truth is to be had for the seeking; it may become the prize of all. None may be shut out from its possession; none may gain of its priceless beneficence to the exclusion of another. Infinite in its capacity to bless, divine Love likewise is incapable of depletion and diminution.

Most important of all mankind's obligations, as well as most promising of all their possibilities, is the gaining of this demonstrable fact of the all-power of infinite Love. In the presence of this compelling truth, what becomes of hatred, jealousy, malice, and envy, of resentment and the petty tribulations which so commonly mark human experience, sometimes even shutting out with the night of darkness and despair the glories of Life's never-ending day? How reassuring is even a glimpse of the fact that man never has been and never can be apart from the infinite Love which is God! It was the wondrous light of this revealed truth which enabled our beloved Leader to write, in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 6): "'God is Love.' More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go." Mrs. Eddy saw in this sublime fact man's sufficiency. Nothing more could be required; nothing more need be revealed of man's complete state of eternal bliss, even the state of holiness and perfect well-being.

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"Evil is not power"
May 9, 1925

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