Built on Love

Our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 35), "Our church is built on the divine Principle, Love." It is significant that in this connection she mentions Love as fundamental, as the very foundation upon which "our church is built." What an important statement to remember when Christian Scientists begin to erect a church edifice! Such efforts are truly successful only as the membership engaged in this work permits Love to govern its thinking and acts.

Any Christian Scientist who has had the privilege of participating in the building of a Christian Science church edifice knows what an opportunity it affords for individual growth, for enlarging his borders, for increasing his love of good in every direction, and for demonstrating the truth that in reality there is no lack. He also learns that wisdom and intelligence are needed to carry on such a work, and that these qualities, which reflect divine Mind, will be manifested as he understands and demonstrates the fact that God is Love. Therefore, the work of church building should be gladly welcomed, for, if truly entered into, the individual will be blessed, the church will be blessed, and humanity will be blessed.

The great Cause of Christian Science is worthy of our most devoted loyalty and love. If we truly love this Cause, when it becomes our privilege to have a part in the erection of a branch church we shall humbly bow before Love, and pray that we may be purified from selfish and opinionated views, in order that we may fully share in proving that "our church is built on the divine Principle, Love." Church building is, in the true sense, continuous, and this should be understood in order to bring about the greatest good through all the church activities in the community. An abundance of unselfed love is therefore needed in all our work, that personal sense may be silenced, and that church building may continue as Love directs.

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"Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"
June 27, 1942

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