Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Love That Overflows

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Love That Overflows

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SOMETIMES it seems hard enough making sure we've taken care of our own obligations. So who has enough time or love left for helping others?

The "me first attitude is easy to slip into in our hectic society, but it isn't a good basis for Christian healing. Spiritual healing requires--and fosters--a deep and all-encompassing love for mankind. As we practice it, we become more willing to abandon self-centered living so that we can bless others.

This is truly following Christ Jesus, who lived for the purpose of showing mankind how to work out their own salvation. Many times the New Testament Gospels speak of Jesus as having compassion on or loving the individuals he helped. This was not merely feeling sympathy or pity for them. Jesus' care went deeper. Instead of just enabling people to cope a little better with their problems, he healed them. He gave them a glimpse of their actual spiritual identity as God's beloved children.

Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, was Christ Jesus' follower. After experiencing the healing power of Christ herself, she began to see that there was a Christly science, or law of health and harmony, that all man-kind could understand and demonstrate. Each of us can respond to the Biblical command, found in Philippians, "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

Mrs. Eddy devoted her life to giving this discovery of the healing and saving Christ, Truth, to mankind. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she explains, "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,--a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.

I was struck as I read this one day by the demand for "unselfed love. …

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