One of the rules for successful living gleaned by men throughout the ages is given in the Bible in the book of Proverbs. It reads (4:23), "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." In this passage the word "heart" is figuratively used to signify one's innermost thoughts and feelings. In other words, one's health, peace, and success are dependent upon the innermost thoughts and feelings which he daily entertains of himself and his environment.

Jesus referred to the heart in the same way when he gave as the greatest commandment of all (Mark 12:30), "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." But he did not stop there. He said plainly that the second commandment calls upon us to express our heartfelt love for God in unselfed love for our neighbor. And the Apostle Paul said (I Tim. 1:5), "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."

In Christian Science we learn that a high and holy name for God is divine Love. This pure Love is enduring and all-encompassing Life. Love holds in its tender care and embrace every object in creation. It sees and knows all as perfect, spiritual, sinless. It pours forth the riches of its inexhaustible being on all alike. Love is the one perfect, undecaying substance, or Spirit. It is the one unchanging, law-giving, law-enforcing, and law-abiding power, or divine Principle. Love permeates all creation with its unending beauty and goodness.

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