"As I have loved you"

"A New commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (John 13:34). These arresting words of Jesus were given to his disciples after he, their Lord and Master, had humbly stooped to wash their feet at his last supper with them before his crucifixion. This "new commandment" evidently meant more than human love and solicitude for each other, for they were to love "as I have loved you."

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, reveals the nature of the Master's love. There she writes (p. 54): "Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love." Through the promised Comforter, Christian Science, today's disciples of the Christ are learning how to follow their Way-shower both humanly and divinely. They are proving, through Christlike living, even in the valley of human experience, that man is not a sinning, fearing, ailing, corporeal being, but the loved and loving son of God. Only thus do they fulfill their Way-shower's command to love "as I have loved you."

Lecture Preparedness
July 7, 1945

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