The activity of divine Love within the human heart is from the wellspring of Life, whose waters purify, bless, and heal. This activity is spiritual life; and there is no bitterness, no sadness, no disappointment in it. Without the divine Principle, which is Love, one does not know love, for the human, variable sense of love is not love; and by its fruits it is obviously not of the tree of Life, whose leaves are for the healing of the nations. How much of the world's sorrow and sadness is traceable to a false sense of love! The love that John enjoins us to have for one another is the love which is wedded to purity and innocence, the love which finds satisfaction in glorifying and magnifying the claims of God, the love which sees and knows only what is true, and disposes of all that is limited, false, and unreal.
To love one another, then, is to see and love what God sees and loves, and this is His image and likeness, nothing less. To love one another is to reflect that love wherewith God loves us. It is to see, to recognize, and to glorify only perfection, the complete, full reflection of Love.
A personal, finite sense of love is often only another name for selfishness. It forms cliques and castes in the world, nations, communities, and in our institutions and churches. It is always based on some material or personal sense of life and mind, such as human intellect, birth, wealth, position, temperament, and material success, and keeps divine Principle, the sole source and origin of all that is real and worth while, well out of sight. This barrier of limitation, born of lust and pride, can be healed only as one is willing to recognize the innocence of man as the offspring of divine Love.
As the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, teaches (p. 23), "The atonement requires constant self-immolation on the sinner's part." But when it is realized that a deeper, purer, and more permanent love awaits us, a love that will become more real and dear to us with every whole-hearted scientific appeal or declaration, we gladly give up our false sense of love and of our fellow-man, and begin really to love him. Only, however, as we cast the beam of a false, distorted sense of man out of our own consciousness by looking sincerely and squarely at the demands of God, can we ever find pleasure and alertness in casting out the mote that is in our brother's eye, in other words, in separating all error from our thought of man. Our love for man is determined and conditioned entirely by our love for the wholeness of God and the allness of His presence, power, and wisdom. If we are really making God our friend, making His nature the basis of our every thought, feeling, and desire, we are growing in grace, growing in love, growing in healing power; and our love will manifest more of love for man, because our life consists of the activity of divine Love within us.
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