Armed with Love

To a world torn with strife and dissension, Love may appear a questionable weapon for either defensive or offensive warfare. But Mary Baker Eddy set down her concept of Love in terms little understood by the world, when she wrote in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 52): "The 'man of sorrows' best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love." Here she was in accord with the teachings of St. Paul, who asserted that "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."

To be armed with Love, then, means to acknowledge God, infinite Love, as the only actual power, presence, and reality, before which every phase of materiality must yield its pretense of actuality. Consciously reflecting infinite divine Love, we are literally armed with Love. Thus our weapons are "mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds," the annihilating of every belief in Love's unlikeness. Divine Love is trenchant; its presence excludes whatever would seem to obscure its own spiritual image, perfect and permanent. Christian Science reveals the fact that nothing can withstand the potency of divine Love.

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