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Love One Another

    Here we proceed to another Scriptural passage which 24serves to confirm Christian Science. Christ Jesus saith, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.” It is obvious that he 27called his disciples’ special attention to his new commandment. And wherefore? Because it emphasizes the 8 8:1apostle’s declaration, “God is Love,” — it elucidates Christianity, illustrates God, and man as His likeness, and 3commands man to love as Jesus loved.

    The law and the gospel concur, and both will be fulfilled. Is it necessary to say that the likeness of God, Spirit, 6is spiritual, and the likeness of Love is loving? When loving, we learn that “God is Love;” mortals hating, or unloving, are neither Christians nor Scientists. The new 9commandment of Christ Jesus shows what true spirituality is, and its harmonious effects on the sick and the sinner. No person can heal or reform mankind unless he is actuated 12by love and good will towards men. The coincidence between the law and the gospel, between the old and the new commandment, confirms the fact that God and Love are 15one. The spiritually minded are inspired with tenderness, Truth, and Love. The life of Christ Jesus, his words and his deeds, demonstrate Love. We have no evidence of 18being Christian Scientists except we possess this inspiration, and its power to heal and to save. The energy that saves sinners and heals the sick is divine: and Love is the 21Principle thereof. Scientific Christianity works out the rule of spiritual love; it makes man active, it prompts perpetual goodness, for the ego, or I, goes to the Father, 24whereby man is Godlike. Love, purity, meekness, coexist in divine Science. Lust, hatred, revenge, coincide in material sense. Christ Jesus reckoned man in Science, 27having the kingdom of heaven within him. He spake of man not as the offspring of Adam, a departure from God, or His lost likeness, but as God’s child. Spiritual love 30makes man conscious that God is his Father, and the con99:1sciousness of God as Love gives man power with untold furtherance. Then God becomes to him the All-presence  3— quenching sin; the All-power — giving life, health, holiness; the All-science — all law and gospel.

    Jesus commanded, “Follow me; and let the dead bury 6their dead;” in other words, Let the world, popularity, pride, and ease concern you less, and love thou. When the full significance of this saying is understood, we shall 9have better practitioners, and Truth will arise in human thought with healing in its wings, regenerating mankind and fulfilling the apostle’s saying: “For the law of the 12Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Loving chords set discords in harmony. Every condition implied by the great Master, 15every promise fulfilled, was loving and spiritual, urging a state of consciousness that leaves the minor tones of so-called material life and abides in Christlikeness.

18    The unity of God and man is not the dream of a heated brain; it is the spirit of the healing Christ, that dwelt forever in the bosom of the Father, and should abide forever 21in man. When first I heard the life-giving sound thereof, and knew not whence it came nor whither it tended, it was the proof of its divine origin, and healing power, that 24opened my closed eyes.

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