Our Talent to Love

"And, above everything else, be truly loving, for love is the golden chain of all the virtues." The New Testament in Modern English (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1960); That is how J. B. Phillips translates the familiar words in Paul's letter to the Colossians: "And above all ... put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Col. 3:14;

Every individual includes in his God-given being the ability to love and to express this greatest of all virtues. In a letter to a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, Mrs. Eddy says, "To do good to all because we love all, and to use in God's service the one talent that we all have, is our only means of adding to that talent and the best way to silence a deep discontent with our shortcomings." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 195;

Like the servants in Christ Jesus' parable of the talents (see Matt. 25:15), we all have at least one talent we can use in God's service. The greatest is the indispensable talent of unselfed love. The Apostle John wrote to the Christians of his day, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." I John 4:7;

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April 13, 1974

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