Reflecting Love

When John the Baptist sent some of his followers to ask whether Jesus was "he that should come," the Master, who had already proved his claim to the Messiahship by healing, instructed John's friends to tell what they had seen. All the words that can be uttered about Christ, Truth, or about God and the eternal facts of being, "become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal," unless evidence is educed to support the truth of the words. Mrs. Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (pp. 471, 472), "This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated." This demonstration or proof of the nature of God includes healing the sick and casting out evil, destroying sin, disease, and death.

Jesus understood God; he adored God; and he demonstrated the truth about God and man. Jesus' deeds proved that he knew God, and that he knew Him as divine, infinite Love. Jesus loved; his loving acts evidenced his understanding of the nature of divine Love. His whole career was the exemplification of Love. "Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love," Mrs. Eddy says (ibid., p. 54). He comforted the sorrowing, healed the sick, cast out evil, and raised the dead. As a hymn puts it, "He lived the precepts which he taught."

Spiritual man is the reflection of God, divine Love. Blessed are those, then, whose affections are spiritual and pure; who have no other love but the divine. "The pure in heart" see God. Love is not a mere abstraction. It is not an obscure or abstruse subject about which it is interesting merely to talk. Love is divine Principle, to be demonstrated. One proves his true self to be the image of Love by presenting evidence of the nature and presence of Love. This requires acts more than speech, deeds rather than words. Love is the divine Principle of all true being. It establishes the law of Christianity and of Christian Science, the settled and invariable rule of conduct and action demanded of every follower of the Nazarene.

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September 15, 1928

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