"The living beauty of Love"

The truth that "God is love," as the beloved disciple declares, is generally accepted. Yet the reflecting of Love in daily living calls for a clarity of spiritual thinking which many admit they have not seemed able consistently to maintain; for love is, as it has been said, an "emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end." Throughout the centuries the truth that God is Love has been gradually impressing itself upon human consciousness, and the power of divine Love's penetration has been manifested in the persistent, if at times interrupted, progress of humankind toward a clearer appreciation of this ideal. The holy nature of God and His love for His creation are variously revealed in the Bible, Jeremiah, for example, voicing the assurance of God's love to His children in the words, "Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

Christ Jesus, being familiar with the Scriptures, in his matchless living exemplified the healing truth that God—omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience—is Love. Because of his spiritual nature he was constantly and incresingly aware of God as ever-present Love; but it was not enough—it was not possible—for him to dwell alone in the bliss of this realization. He needs must manifest his worship of God in loving mankind, and thus proving the power of divine Love to deliver men from the false sense of life apart from God. Therefore, he gave to his followers the ideal of true discipleship: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." And his true followers have known that the test of faith and love lies in following his direction to Peter, "Feed my lambs, ... my sheep."

The Dignity of Humility
December 28, 1935

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