Thanks to Chet Manchester, C.S.B. and the Daily Lift team for creating this uplifting message.
What does it mean to love?
Putting off selfishness, fear, and false stereotypes enables us to love more. Ultimately discovering more about God, Love itself, shows who we are as the image and likeness of Love and infinitely capable of loving.
Jesus said to his followers,
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
We have countless opportunities to love throughout our day: waiting in traffic, caring for children, caring for the elderly, business relationships, spouse relationships, interactions with strangers.
Here are some powerful examples of love I heard recently:
- “It was all about love” was the divine message one woman received when she prayed to better understand her loving relationship with her mom — to have a sense of peace — after her mother passed away.
- “I will not respond with anger or fear. I will respond with love” thought one man after he was put in a headlock by a mentally ill patient. Ultimately the patient felt the man relax and let him go unharmed.
- “I’m sorry that you had to grow up without a father” said one male juvenile to a female police officer in a new community-focused panel designed to break down barriers between police and citizens.
There are countless examples of the power of Love to bring protection and healing to any given situation.
What is it that prevents us from loving? Ultimately, it is fear — a fear of limited time, ability, wealth, etc.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Christ Jesus words may seem like a hard task to follow, but we can begin losing a limited sense of life each day by giving up selfishness, anger, hatred, revenge, and frustration. These negative pulls obscure our ability to feel God’s love.
What is the reward for doing so? A better and safer world to live in, more harmonious relationships, closer-knit communities, a feeling of individual dominion, and being at one with God’s grace and unconditional love.
1. John 13:34-35 NIV
2. Mathew 16:25 NASB
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You were not created by material DNA, heredity or history.
You are spiritual because you were created by God, who is Spirit.
It is almost so simple that we overlook it!
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” II Cor 13
“To being rightly is to end rightly.” So, if you reason from the premise that you are created spiritually and that God’s message of goodness, safety and health is constantly defending you, uplifting you and healing you then you can be completely free from sin and disease.
“The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely. Divine Mind is the only cause or Principle of existence. Cause does not exist in matter, in mortal mind, or in physical forms. ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 262)
You don’t have to accept that there is a material law which can make you sick.
This is the “mist” referred to in the Bible. Rise above the mist!
Don’t accept fear, ignorance or sin as a reality for you.
God made you spiritually therefore you can not be afraid.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalms 23:4 NIV)
God made you to know Him — to know His eternal laws of health and goodness for you and your family — therefore you can’t be made to believe that there is a material law that governs you.
I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds. (Hebrews 10:16 NIV)
God made you pure and childlike, therefore “missing the mark” (sin) can not control you; you have complete satisfaction and authority in God.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:2 KJV)
Christian Science — these divine, eternal, and universal laws of God, good, health and harmony — govern you, me and everyone.
Take possession of your consciousness, rise above the mist and experience God’s loving control over your health and life.
You will be made whole! And you can help others recognize their wholeness, too.
When we understand that health is the consciousness of harmony, it’s easy to see how uprooting fear and a belief that we are separated from God — our divine Life and Love — is essential to maintaining health and freedom from sickness.
Mary Baker Eddy understood this and explained it in an article entitled Contagion. Here is an excerpt:
“Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious…If only the people would believe that good is more contagious than evil, since God is omnipresence, how much more certain would be the doctor’s success…The confidence of mankind in contagious disease would thus become beautifully less; and in the same proportion would faith in the power of God to heal and to save mankind increase, until the whole human race would become healthier, holier, happier, and longer lived.” Read more
Your prayer and consciousness of God’s power can help and heal.
“There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.”
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 228)
“Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” (Psalm 91)
If you’re praying about fear of contagion and sickness, here is an additional article called “Closing the door on contagion” which can help grow your understanding and confidence in God, ensuring peace and safety.
This is illustrated in the Bible passages where Jesus overcomes the temptations of evil:
...the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus knew: I already have all that I need in God. God is my life and my purpose. He supplies all that I need and I can not be afraid or tempted.
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
I already know that I am loved and cared for by God. I do not have to put God to the test. I am secure in my relationship with God, good.
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
God has already given me, and all His children, the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. Evil tries to gratify itself, but our Kingdom is given to us freely by God and filled with spiritual beauty, joy, freedom and love. There is no hatred, fear or disease in our Kingdom. It is whole and peaceful. It is the reign of Love and Spirit within us — within our consciousness.
Every child of God has the power and ability to overcome these temptations of evil and see the Kingdom of Heaven within. No one is left out of this Kingdom. This will lead to individual peace and freedom for us and the world.
It may be tempting to think that your worth and value are tied up in your job.
What if you don’t have a job? Or what if your performance is lower than you’d like because of a particular set of circumstances?
You can still feel loved and valued regardless of your job and even if you are out of work.
You work/business do not determine your success.
You determine the success of your work/business.
You have worth and value because you are deeply loved and that’s how God made you.
You are a child of God, not made up of DNA or a by-product of your parents.
Your worth and success are already built-in — they are inherent in what you are.
You are the manifestation of God’s abundance, God’s wealth, God’s prosperity.
God is overflowing with joy and harmony, and you are the manifestation of that!
So don’t let the world —that evil mind— tell you that you are unworthy or unloved for even a second.
Shut the door on that thought! You don’t have to believe it!
You are holy, pure, loved, beautiful and free right now.
Health is not so much about what you eat, drink and how you exercise — these are all expressions of your health.
Health is your God-given state of being and consciousness.
“The true consciousness is the true health.”
(Miscellaneous Writings, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 298)
“Health is the…the absolute consciousness of harmony and of nothing else.”
(Rudimental Divine Science, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 11)
These passages illustrates that mental nature of health.
Here is another one from the Bible:
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear [appreciate, revere, love] the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
(Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV)
Health is an inherent component of your relationship to God.
Bring health into every aspect of what you do.
Health is the perfect balance and embodiment of spiritual qualities.
Live your divine heritage of health and spirituality in all that you say and do!