Love, love, love

God’s universal, limitless love is always here to lift resentment and bring harmony.

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I recently listened to the Beatles’ classic “All You Need Is Love.” The buoyant lyrics are a rallying call to love. The song reminded me that we can all play a part in helping those around us, and throughout the world.

One of the things I discovered when I began studying Christian Science is that “Love” is another name for God. God does not just love, but is infinite Love itself. Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, revealed this profound insight about divine Love in her seminal book, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “No power can withstand divine Love” (p. 224).

When tempted to think that conflict will have the final word, we can be assured that God’s love is the ultimate power. There is no evil or unkindness in infinite Love, and as God’s spiritual offspring, we are all created to feel and reflect that Love.

Once at work I was assigned to collaborate with a superior who had the reputation of being hard to work with. And I soon found that I agreed with that assessment.

It came to me that I had a choice. I could harbor feelings of ill will, or I could pray to see this colleague the way God sees him: as His wholly spiritual, loved son.

The second option seemed more promising, so I regularly prayed about this. The goal wasn’t to overlook bad behavior, but to know that it wasn’t part of anyone’s true, spiritual nature.

The breakthrough came one morning when I was called into this colleague’s office. The early sun was shining through the window and was showering him in light. For me it was symbolic: this was like the light of God’s love! This individual could never be outside of this light of infinite Love. I felt God’s love for me, too, and it was in that moment that I was released from the resentment. We went on to enjoy a wonderful working relationship for many years.

We are all called on to love. And in response we can say, God is Love. And we can reflect divine Love outward in ways that will bless everyone.

Adapted from the Nov. 16, 2022, Christian Science Daily Lift podcast.

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