In Love

If love is true, its joys will be certain, and its sorrows will be comforted by the source of joy, divine Love. But if love is untrue, its joys will lack substance. They will eventually turn to sorrows, which will be comforted only as the untrue love is forsaken for what is true.

How do we know when love is true? With the human mind alone we do not know. We can only guess or hope. But as our human thought is inspired by divine Love, the difference between true and false love becomes more apparent. Then one who says, "I am in love," knows with more certainty that what he or she feels is real.

Being in love is human. It can include some of the divine qualities, and some animal magnetism. Christian Science declares that the real, spiritual man lives in and of God, divine Love. His very existence is the reflection of perfect, immortal Love. Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, "Man is idea, the image, of Love; he is not physique." Science and Health, p. 475; Mortal man is the opposite of the real—a belief of man as material rather than spiritual. Our human sense of man includes some of both. As our thought of man becomes more spiritual, our human consciousness becomes more aware of the true elements appearing in our experience, and what is false becomes more obvious.

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The Healer
July 12, 1975

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