The Power of Love Expressed

In his first epistle John makes one of the most profound statements of spiritual truth ever uttered. He writes (I John 4:8), "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." It is as if he had said, God is Love; but unless you are expressing love you cannot be said to know God. Accordingly, it might be added that unless we are expressing the love which is of God we cannot be utilizing divine Love, cannot be exercising the power of Love.

Another conclusion may be deduced from the beloved disciple's inspired statement. It is that the fact that we can love with a pure spiritual love is proof that God is Love. God is infinite, All; the one supreme cause or creator of every real effect. Hence, since we are able to love, able to manifest love, we are capable of knowing, and actually do know, God as Love. The truth, then, that God is Love is not something that we accept simply because someone has revealed it to us. We accept it because we ourselves are capable of loving purely and spiritually.

As we cannot be said to know God as Love unless we ourselves love, so we cannot know God as Truth unless we ourselves know spiritual truth; or God as good unless we reflect or express good. The implication is far-reaching and of great consequence. It is that no amount of mere declaring of the truth that God is Love, Truth, good, is of value unless we have within ourselves the consciousness of spiritual love, truth, and good. Mrs. Eddy has beautifully said (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494), "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." But how? By our reflecting divine Love; by our being loving, in the spiritual sense of the term. God is Love, ever willing to bless and save. "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father" (Matthew 10:29). Yet, to receive the blessing, the protection, of infinite divine Love, we ourselves must love, be loving.

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