How Much Do I Love?

It may be said that Christian Science is like a gem of many facets And even as a jewel, when examined in the light, scintillates and sparkles, so Christian Science shines with a spiritual splendor— with the irradiance and warmth of Love.

It is an easy matter to be a Christian toward those who love us. How natural it is to greet a close friend with a smile, call out a cheerful word to one we love, extend a helping hand to a neighbor who would readily do the same for us. It is so simple that all of us will concede that we qualify! But this is not the test of a Christian—especially a Christian Scientist. The love of a Christian must be so deep that no experience can reverse it and cause hatred to spring forth in its stead. Has someone spoken slightingly of us? Are we actuated by an impelling urge to demand a showdown? Have we decided that there is something basic involved, and that postponement of the expression of brotherly affection is clearly in order until an apology is forthcoming? What quality of love is this?

The Comfort of Christ
February 16, 1946

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