True Loving

In the Gospel according to Luke we are told of a certain lawyer who, tempting the Master, asked what he should do to inherit eternal life. In response to Jesus' question as to what he read in the law, he answered, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Our Master placed the stamp of his approval upon the reply with the statement, "Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live." He also stated, according to Matthew, that all the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.

All down the ages the importance of these commandments in relation to the working out of the salvation of the world has been recognized, to a greater or less degree, and a corresponding endeavor made to keep them. However, believing, through false education, in a wrathful, capricious God, a hateful, malicious neighbor, and a mutable and inconstant affection, mortals have found themselves in the position either of honestly finding it impossible to love that which was unlovely or of professing a love they did not feel; and it was not until the Scriptures were read through the lens of Christian Science that the real meaning of these commandments and the reason for, and the true method of, their fulfillment were revealed.

In revealing to us the true understanding of God as Love and of man as God's full and perfect reflection, Christian Science shows us how we may truly and joyfully love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and our neighbor as ourself. It also unfolds the true process of reasoning which assists us in correcting the false beliefs that would prevent full obedience to these laws.

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A Joyous Occasion
March 18, 1933

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