Love Never Faileth

To the student of Christian Science surely nothing brings more joy than the changes toward good that appear in his home life, among those dear ones to whom he is closely bound. It is not uncommon for the work of one consecrated student who is proving divine Love's ever-presence, to change the entire atmosphere of the home wherein he dwells. How often, as proof of this, in their written or spoken testimonies, do Christian Scientists give grateful acknowledgment of the peace and serenity which have entered their homes as a result of their faithful practice of Christian Science, the Science of right living!

Love acts as a leaven to bring about these changes when, in spite of all adverse factors, we whole-heartedly, consistently, humbly, unfalteringly, put ourselves to the task of loving. This requires much self-immolation, much laying aside of the human impulse to fight back. But in this warfare with self we are putting on the new man; and we have the daily satisfaction of seeing the Christ-ideal brought out in ourselves, and very likely in those around us; for love must call forth love.

Jesus never showed resentment; his invariable rule was to turn the other cheek. If considered merely humanly, this might have laid him open to the criticism that he was weak. But this attitude proved that, on the contrary, he was strong and courageous enough ever to be gentle and forgiving towards those who considered themselves his enemies. And it is his way alone, the winning sweetness of the Christ-spirit, which draws men to Christianity. Surely, unless this spirit is manifested in our churches we cannot woo the weary and perhaps emnittered worldlings to our doors; for, though they may know it not, the main trouble with most of them has been lovelessness, and what they are seeking is more of that Christly affection which will feed their famished hearts.

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Sandals of Straw
November 22, 1930

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