You Can Develop Impartial Love

When we help somebody, having no desire to get something for ourselves, we express affection that is akin to universal, impartial love. It is not personal. We only want to give, expecting nothing in return. Christ Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Mark 12:31; It was impersonal, impartial love he was expressing when he healed the ear of the servant of the high priest before the crucifixion.

Human affection can be selfish, possessive, and dominating. Then it can become hate. Mrs. Eddy says of affection: "No word is more misconstrued; no sentiment less understood. The divine significance of Love is distorted into human qualities, which in their human abandon become jealousy and hate." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 250;

Silencing Self
April 12, 1969

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