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The Command to Love
Two commandments permeate all Christianity. Christians often quote them but too often forget to obey them. The first is to love God. The second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Bible tells us that glad observance of these commandments is more essential than form and ritual. And Christian Scientists remember the words of Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health, "The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love." Science and Health, p. 113; Obedience to these two laws is requisite for daily Christian living and consistent healing. It supports all genuine progress toward ascension, final freedom from material limitations.
At the bottom of our hearts, we all desire to be obedient to these laws. But what does it mean to love as Christ Jesus and his follower Mrs. Eddy use the term? Few words in the English language show a greater variety of usage than this word "love," whose meanings range from lust to the purest spiritual sentiment, insight, understanding, and tenderness.
Our example in loving is Jesus' glorious life and works. Mrs. Eddy states, "Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love." p. 54; Affection has been described as settled goodwill and kind feeling. Jesus' goodwill never wavered. To Zacchaeus, regarded as a sharp-dealing, callous, and dishonest little tax collector, he said, "To day I must abide at thy house." Luke 19:5; Zacchaeus welcomed him and in the presence of the Christ experienced radical regeneration. The untouchable leper, an outcast from society, Jesus touched with a loving hand, cleansing the leper's concept of himself as being an untouchable, diseased outcast. He, too, was healed. A woman taken in adultery received his words of forgiveness: "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." John 8:11;
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JAMES K. KYSER
JEAN T. BOWMAN
Lillian Turner Marks
Argue for Happiness
DOROTHY NORMAN DAY
The Command to Love
BRUCE ALAN LUDGATE, JR.
Are You Toiling and Spinning?
A Guaranteed Income
HELEN OAKLEY ROCKHOLD
Our "listening ear"
ETHEL DIANE DEPPERMAN
Helen Wood Bauman
The Sin of Limitation
William Milford Correll
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Merlin C. Karsch
Up to my forty-fifth year I was affected with many kinds of...
Gertrud Rymann Jost
I would like to express gratitude for Christian Science
Richard Dudley Williams
One morning when I awakened, the room seemed to be moving...
Louise H. Donoghue with contributions from Clare D. Beck
I was not raised a Christian Scientist but began to attend the...
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 414 - What Are We Sensitive To?
with contributions from Michael Thorneloe, George Richards
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Engebret O. Midboe, Ed Pikestaff