Healing Through Spiritual Love

Love is a healing power. This is a fact that is widely acknowledged by the medical profession as well as by Christians who minister to the sick in the way Christ Jesus taught and practiced. Nurses have seen children healed of disease when love has been poured out to them. Criminologists have found love effective in dealing with crime and delinquency. Psychologists say that feeling unloved is often the foundation of mental discord.

Exactly what is this therapeutic love? Even the most devoted, humanly loving people sometimes wonder. Many who have observed some good healing response to their affection admit that results are not consistently satisfactory. All too often they find their efforts to help others are not as successful as they had hoped. The nagging thought persists, "Where did I fail?" Indulgent, affectionate parents when confronted with a family tragedy sometimes cry, "We gave him everything money could buy. What more could we have done?"

Christian Science shows why the affection of one person for another does not always have the desired healing effect, and it defines the kind of love that does. Through its guidance and by persistent selfless effort to follow its leadings, mankind should be able to learn to heal through love with consistent success as Christ Jesus did.

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January 22, 1972

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