How far does our love reach?

We may live with ourselves, but we don't live for ourselves—or at least we shouldn't. There is a good way to be free from living only for ourselves, to be free from self-concern, self consciousness, self-love, or any self-centered quality. It is to think and act in terms of living to serve God and mankind.

That kind of unselfish living doesn't mean neglect of one's own human needs and right desires. Rather does it provide a more spiritual motive for attaining them: first, to premise needs and desires on love for and obedience to God; and then to see in that love and obedience the reason to love mankind.

Christian Science teaches us how to do just that; to love not only God but also all mankind, including ourselves. Mrs. Eddy, who founded this Science, writes, "We should measure our love for God by our love for man; and our sense of Science will be measured by our obedience to God,—fulfilling the law of Love, doing good to all; imparting, so far as we reflect them, Truth, Life, and Love to all within the radius of our atmosphere of thought." Miscellaneous Writings, p. 12.

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January 13, 1986

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