Love and Power

Compassion, gentleness, loving-kindness, tenderness, are always coincident with real power. Christ Jesus, the strongest and noblest character the world has ever known, was kind and compassionate, humble and tender, in his dealings with his fellow men; and it is clearly revealed in Christian Science that his mighty works were the outcome of his great unselfed love and divine gentleness. It is likewise evident that there is no way to repeat those works, even in the least, except through the demonstration in some degree of that same selfless love.

On page 514 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy, our beloved Leader, tells us that "tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit." And on page 367 of the same priceless work she writes of "legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love." Throughout all her writings she iterates and reiterates the supreme necessity that we should endeavor to manifest spiritual love in all our thoughts and acts. However much we may study, the letter of Science will profit us nothing unless we strive so to live that our arguments and declarations of Truth are borne on angel wings of pure, unselfish love. In "A Rule for Motives and Acts" (Church Manual, Art. VIII, Sect. 1) she points to the blessed fact that in spiritual reality and the eternal continuity of being, man is under no government whatsoever save that of divine Love.

The Christly Method
May 24, 1930

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