To Love Is to Renounce Matter

To truly love someone, we must understand him in a human sense and in an immortal sense. If we understand the human being, we are able to see our loved one's needs. We are able to devote ourselves unselfishly to the meeting of those needs. This blesses him; but it also blesses us.

Understanding our loved one in an immortal sense establishes our oneness, or unity, with divine Love and removes a sense of limitation from the human relationship. It opens the way to express love when, from a human standpoint, the way may have seemed blocked. It also establishes the relationship as one which grows and grows eternally in the goodness and joy that true love always brings. In the immortal sense a right relationship never ends.

Christ Jesus said (John 8:51), "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." The Christ, the true idea of God, which Jesus exemplified, presents God as immortal Life and man as Life's immortal image. Through the healing work that he did, through his teaching, and through his overcoming death and materiality, the Master demonstrated Life as Spirit and man as spiritual. His healing work contradicted the belief that life is in matter. His teaching turned thought away from outward appearances toward spiritual motives and humble living as children of God. His resurrection and ascension demonstrated that one finds his life not in matter or material personality but in the Godlike qualities he lives.

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