One More to Love

Many of us on first hearing of Christian Science, and indeed after a longer period of study, make the mistake of becoming so absorbed in our desire to be freed from our seeming ills that we sometimes forget, unless aroused by our lack of spiritual progress, that we are engaged in studying to become Scientists, that is, not only scientific thinkers, but also loving Christian Scientists. Do we always remember that Christ Jesus, our Master, gave once and forever the sign of a true Christian when he said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another"?

How often has the student of Christian Science made his path heavenwards unnecessarily difficult by failing to give ample heed to this statement of our Master, and to the strong warning given us by our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in her Message to The Mother Church for 1902, where she writes (p. 8), "Mortals hating, or unloving, are neither Christians nor Scientists." These strong words by our Leader should arouse every Christian Scientist to examine his thoughts more carefully. Now, no student of Christian Science would deliberately set out to hate anyone, nor would he intentionally harbor any malicious thinking, for he knows that such thinking would lead to disaster. But does he always remember that an unloving state of thought, constantly held and not cast out of consciousness, will undoubtedly produce its own harvest of difficulties? Did we remember this, how much more watchful we should be to see that our thoughts are always definitely loving!

Doubtless we have all found ourselves tripping on this point at some time or other. But the attitude of the student of Christian Science when he finds himself lacking in love, or in any other Christly quality, should be not so much one of self-condemnation—for brooding over past mistakes never helps anyone. Rather should it be a conscientious, active desire to know the truth so clearly that he will not be found repeating past mistakes, or again sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind.

Church Membership
October 2, 1937

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