The New Commandment

The master Metaphysician, when once asked by a Pharisee who was a lawyer, "Which is the great commandment in the law?" replied: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Later, when he was teaching his disciples during the last supper with them, he said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another."

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 113) Mrs. Eddy, the beloved Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says, "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love." As we earnestly study this religion, based upon these two commandments, which are cardinal in the teachings of our great Master, there dawns in our consciousness a broader, truer understanding of Love. We see it is only as we daily express in our lives the qualities of Love—gentleness, kindness, consideration, forgiveness, patience—that we prove our awareness of this broader, truer understanding. We learn that we love our neighbor as ourselves, that we adhere to the "new commandment," only as we divest our thought of the belief of minds many, as we see and know man as God sees and knows him—perfect, lovable, good, pure, and free.

A student of Christian Science once found herself involved in a controversy where great animosity seemed to be expressed. She earnestly prayed to be shown the right steps to take. When she began to glimpse the ever-availability, the all-power and all-presence of Love, she saw that nothing could resist it, for everyone would naturally turn to Love as the flower turns to the sun for light. Love is truly attractive. She realized that man is never outside of or away from God's love and goodness, for these encompass the universe. Therefore it follows that all Mind's ideas live, work, and dwell together always in perfect harmony.

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Love, or Fear?
August 31, 1935

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