"Unselfed love"

Mary Baker Eddy makes this statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 192): "Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power." An illustration of this was afforded in a testimony in a Christian Science church given by a man who had been healed of a tenacious error. He had been battling with this aliment all winter, but in spite of his best efforts to heal himself, as we are taught in Christian Science, he was no better. One Sunday morning he was sitting in church waiting for the service to commence when he saw an elderly man entering the auditorium. This gentleman presented such a pitiful appearance, being apparently quite feeble, that the Scientist was filled with compassion for him and thought: "If I could only do some little thing for that man! I wish the usher would seat him next to me, so that I might share my Hymnal with him." The elderly man was placed next to him, and, as he offered him the Hymnal, the Scientist was healed through his desire to be of loving service. God is divine Love, and since unselfed love is related to divine Love, it has great healing power.

Every student of Christian Science desires to manifest unselfed love, but the mortal self argues its claims so persistently that this does not always seem easy of attainment. Our love is truly unselfed only as we put the mortal sense of self out of thought. To do this requires a knowledge of real selfhood as revealed in divine Science.

The Power of Good Thoughts
April 23, 1938

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