"A new commandment"

Divine Love inspired Jesus' words, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." Because he loved the truth of being, Jesus refused to accept the mental pictures of sick, sinful mortals, or of "the last enemy"—the lie against Life. He loved by steadfastly beholding God and His spiritual image, and this love, reflecting Love, brought forth a harvest of healing. In short, because he loved truly, Christ Jesus never believed a lie against God, man, or the spiritual universe.

To us, too, evil will appear unreal, an obsolete superstition, if we will obediently look out upon creation from the standpoint of infinite Love and its own perfect expression. Is it so hard to love more—to reflect more of the one Love? Is it so hard to think truly—to express more of the one Truth? No, it is the only thing for the student of Christian Science to do, and it is divinely natural, in fact, inevitable. Love is omnipresent, and its fuller expression is always possible. In this fuller reflection of Love, healing is at hand for all. "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous."

As Christian Scientists, we can draw upon Love's varied and infinite resources for inspiration, fidelity, obedience, courage. We can draw on divine Love or Principle for the capacity to forgive and forget; for the spiritual ability to be steadfastly joyous and universally loving. We can regard any attempt at discord as but a challenge to us to render fuller obedience to the command to love spiritual reality, and thereby bring forth its fuller manifestation in our lives.

Spiritual Discernment
July 31, 1937

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