Lessons in yielding to divine Love

In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy emphasizes how important it is in the healing practice of Christian Science to know, feel, experience, and reflect God as Love. She says, “ ‘God is Love.’ More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go” (p. 6), and, “The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science,—pulseless, cold, inanimate” (p. 113).

The more we allow ourselves to feel and express divine Love, the more we experience Love’s infinite blessings and healing power in our daily lives. But accepting God’s love and all the good that divine Love is providing for us may not always seem easy. One reason for this might be that we do not feel worthy of God’s blessings.

Sometimes feelings of unworthiness are a form of self-centered love, or selfishness. Selfishness is not simply putting our own interests ahead of others’. Selfish thoughts or self-love comes from identifying oneself as a material, imperfect personality instead of the spiritual, perfect reflection of God—which is everyone’s true and eternal identity. God knows all of us as worthy, perfect, and good. To truly live as the reflection of God—divine Life, Truth, and Love—we need to cease identifying ourself as a flawed mortal selfhood and yield to the transforming power of divine Love.

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November 5, 2018

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