What is love?

Love has been called both simple and profound. To get a clearer understanding of the Love that is God, we can look to the life and teachings of the Master.

I Was serving as a chaplain at a local institution, talking to some residents who were interested in learning more about the Bible. We were discussing what Christ Jesus referred to as the two great commandments—to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself. One young woman said, "I don't think I've ever really known love. What is love?"

What is love? The Bible tells us "God is love" (I John 4:8). Love, then, is actually another name for God. Mary Baker Eddy, author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, writes of Christ Jesus, "Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love" (p. 54). So by better understanding Jesus' life, which illustrated this affection, we should better understand the Principle of his life, divine Love.

To God's child
February 14, 1994

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