Laying Down One's Life for Others

Unselfed love is the ultimate of attainment. Said Christ Jesus, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13; But is it possible to reach this ultimate?

Christian Scientists agree with Bible scholars that a literal rendering of sacred utterances sometimes fails to convey the inspired intent. For instance, when the Apostle Paul said, "I die daily," I Cor. 15:31; he did not mean a bodily passing away, but by constant watchfulness putting off, dying to, the unholy qualities of the carnal mind.

May not the Master's statement quoted above imply that love is best expressed only as his followers part with selfishness? Dr. Albert Schweitzer used to insist on the need of self-sacrifice in serving others. And Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, minces no words when she writes: "He who is afraid of being too generous has lost the power of being magnanimous. The best man or woman is the most unselfed." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 165;

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