The Love of Life

During the Commencement exercises of a large university, a well-known educator addressing the audience composed of graduates and their friends said, "We must not fear life, we must love it." As the writer heard these words, a great sense of gratitude for Christian Science welled up in her consciousness because of the love of Life, the harmony and true happiness, that Christian Science had brought. For a moment the memory of years gone by, with their fears, heartaches, and despair, flashed through thought, just long enough to realize the great revolution which this Christ Science had wrought. And then arose the thought, How many people know what Life really is, and why they should love and not fear it? Again there came a deep sense of gratitude for the Christianly scientific teaching that Life is God, good—all-inclusive, always present, everywhere, thereby precluding all possibility of evil or fear.

In the thirty-fourth psalm we read: "What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." And yet, how constantly the human race seems to be doing the very opposite, because so ignorant of what good really is. Here, then, in the Bible, our chart of life, we find the way to achieve good—to destroy the fear of Life and to gain the love of it: "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." In order to voice evil, one must first believe in evil; therefore to refrain from speaking evil means to refrain from believing in it; and because man is the expression of divine intelligence, always reflecting the activity of divine Mind, man must constantly be reflecting the good ideas, Godlike thoughts, which emanate from that Mind.

On page 210 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says: "Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort." And on page 587 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" she gives us this definition of "good": "God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action."

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"Blessed are the poor in spirit"
July 7, 1928

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