The Test of Love
"Love suffereth long, and is kind . . . beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." Can we truthfully say, "I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord?" The Master said, "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you." "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." "Love your enemies . . . that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." They that do not love their worst enemy have not even begun to develop. The Father's love is the golden thread, that is woven throughout the Scriptures, which enlarges and spreads until the whole law is fulfilled in "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." To fulfill the law of love is more than simply to love those who love us, for by so doing we have not reached the faintest conception of divine love.
Love is giving out the best that is within us. Then, where slights, slurs, or even suspicions have been allowed to affect us, love cannot mean all that it should in our experience. The Master asks of us that we love Him, that we keep His commandments that He may abide with us, even as He abides with the Father. All of us believe, all know, and all understand that those things that hinder are caused by selfishness. This prevents even the dawn of the concept of what love should mean to us. Few of us have found the love that makes us free indeed, that keeps us from making unkind rem arks, and prevents us from being disappointed in things, in people, and in conditions. How much are we willing to bear, to do, and to suffer that others may become aware of the love of the Father?
Love Is Giving
The law of love does not do away with other laws, but makes the law of recompense, the law of faith, the law of earth forces of effect-not defective but effective. Love is that attribute of the soul that enables us to give, asking nothing in return. Christ exemplified this in His life, in His death, and in His parting promise after His resurrection, "Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the age." If humanity could get the vision of what it means to love as He loves, what peace would come on earth!
Do we want the best for another before our own wants and desires are satisfied? Can we see some good in all whom we meet? This is the Christ way of showing love. Where we are weak, He is ready to sympathize, comfort, and supply strength. In His name there is power. If we call on His name, if we abide in His teachings, we will radiate such a glow of righteousness (right thinking and acting) that those who sit in darkness will see great light.
Let us take hold on things of the spirit, for they alone are eternal. The children of Light are called even now into service that His day may be hastened, lest many faint." Do we not remember our years and years of service for our families and for our friends, in which every act was so prompted by love that there was never a thought of being weary? When our best years have been spent for them and we are no longer needed or seemingly appreciated, does sadness fill our hearts? Let us not forget that such service is never lost, for with love it has been woven into the souls of those for whom we worked. It will shine forth again and again in the lives of many yet unborn. Love never dies; it is eternal.