LOSING OUR ENEMIES

One prominent rule for community living given by Christ Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount is (Matt. 5:44), "Love your enemies." This precept is probably more frequently quoted than obeyed. Why? Perhaps because its full import is little comprehended and ability to practice it only slightly developed. But Christian Science reveals the interesting fact that loving our enemies is the Christian and only effective means of losing them.

A rule must be understood if it is to be demonstrated and obeyed. This rule, "Love your enemies," is based on the nature of God as Love, the divine Principle of all being. Christ Jesus in enunciating his command supports it by pointing to our heavenly Father, who "maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matt. 5:45). Here is portrayed the divine fact that God is unvarying Love, divine, immutable Principle. Logically, then, the rule or command does nothing less than require the nature of Love to be expressed in practice.

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