Love and Service

Service may not always signify love, but love invariably is expressed in service, in the giving of ourselves, our substance, our time to the beloved. "God is love;" and God "giveth us richly all things to enjoy." Jesus, the Way-shower, said, "Love one another, as I have loved you." His life was spent in service. He taught that love finds no task too menial, as when he washed the disciples' feet, and no sacrifice too great; for "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends," he said.

A mother's love is often unselfish, and is expressed in caring for, helping, serving her children. When baby lips lisp their first prayer, "God is love," we know that the child, young as it is, has some understanding of what it is saying; for it has felt the love which cares for it. "Love never faileth" (Revised Version). A child may wander far, but the arms of love are always open to welcome its return and serve it in time of need. Children express their love for their parents in obedience and helpfulness. When the parent or teacher reaches the child through love, the problem of discipline is reduced to a minimum, and tasks are performed the more cheerfully as they are seen to be expressions of loving service.

Our love for Christian Science is made manifest in our willingness to ally ourselves with it and serve in whatever capacity is allotted to us. A smile, a handclasp, regular attendance at services, subscribing to and reading the periodicals, giving a testimony, taking part in church activities—all express our love for Christian Science. As we do the thing at hand, we find the way unfolding for greater service. Our love for God is expressed in our service to mankind. John pertinently asks, "He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" The world sorely needs love; and Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 225), "Love is the liberator." As we live and practice the love of Christ we shall gain power and speak with authority, and help and heal as Jesus did.

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Glorifying God
April 27, 1929

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