Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Exit from Love

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

No Exit from Love

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HE gently drew me aside and told me, "Relax, you're living in divine Love." It did me a world of good to receive this counsel from a person whom I had asked to pray for me. I can't recall what the problem was, but the counsel has stayed with me ever since because it was based on the certainty that God's creation is the only reality. In the Bible, the book of Acts says of God, Spirit, "In him we live, and move, and have our being" (l7:28). And John's first letter assures us, "God is love" (4:8). The logical and correct conclusion is that we live, move, and have our very being in infinite, divine Love. This is confirmed by experience when we find healing through prayerfully identifying our true, spiritual environment of coexistence with God as His perfect offspring. Realizing the spiritual fact of our true whereabouts, I've found, relieves nervousness, tension, or even a daily dread that we might otherwise feel is reasonable. In truth we are not besieged by difficulties but surrounded by pure and perfect Love. We are witnesses and expressions of the spiritual affection, warmth, and care found in God, and thus are not subject to believing hatred, evil, fear, or chaos has any power over us. On the divinely sound basis of acknowledging and accepting these truths, we can increasingly let go of anxiety. We don't in any way relax our prayerful watch, but we overcome fear through prayer. Because all reality is found in God and His creation, there is no way out of the safety and security of divine Love, and we would not want to exit even if we could! If there is a "no exit" sign for man in the spiritual haven of divine reality, there is also a "no entry" sign for all unspiritual qualities. Hatred, lust, pride, resentment, fear, can never enter Love's kingdom and make us feel we're on the outside of good, looking in. It is only these wrong thoughts, though, that are excluded. We never are--never can be--outside of divine Love, because there is no outside. At every point our real identities belong in divine Love. To the degree that we prayerfully exclude ungodly characteristics from our thinking, we open our hearts to recognizing and experiencing more and more of this priceless reality. …
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