Love to God and Man

In the light of Christian Science it is easy to understand how we can love God; for Christian Science teaches us that God is infinite Love and wholly good, the perfect Mind. But to the beginner it may seem a difficult thing to love an erring brother.

To love God means to love good, to love beauty, harmony, joy—all the qualities, in fact, that proceed from the one perfect divine Mind. And when we find these qualities reflected and expressed, we are naturally attracted to those who manifest the most Godlikeness. Love of good is expressed in reverence, gratitude, and appreciation. It is easy to love those who love us or whose lives stand out as worthy examples of goodness, calling forth our admiration and affection. But how can we love those who seem to us unlovable, and perhaps contemptible?

Jesus told us to love our enemies, and he certainly practiced what he preached when he healed the soldier whose ear Peter had cut off on the occasion of Jesus' arrest in the garden of Gethsemane. He also showed the same compassionate consideration for Judas, who he knew would eventually betray him, as he did for his other disciples. But can we therefore say that Jesus loved sin?

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February 26, 1927

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