Are You in Love?

[Of Special Interest to Young People]

One Sunday morning in a teen-age class in a Christian Science Sunday School the question was asked, "How do we know when we are really in love?" Aware that other emotions are sometimes mistaken for love, the members of the class became very much interested in considering the question.

One pupil recalled the statement in the textbook. Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy (p.102), "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit." As the class pondered this statement, it became evident to them that real attraction must be the result of the expression of Spirit and Spirit's qualities. Thus if one felt attracted to another, it would be helpful to ask oneself: What is the basis of this attraction? Am I being attracted by the qualities of Spirit, God? Is this individual expressing such qualities as purity, integrity, steadfastness, joy, goodness, and the like?

If the answer is Yes, then one would know that he was being attracted rightly. If not, then the attraction must be a false sense, for it would be based solely on physical concepts, which are always fleeting and changing. It was seen that an honest appraisal of our devotion to another will soon show whether it is based on the pattern of divine Love or on personal attraction.

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The Divine Economy
November 26, 1960

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