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From the September 1957 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"Oh how love I thy law!" sang the Psalmist, "it is my meditation all the day" (Ps. 119:97). Our faithful Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has given us a strong correlative statement in "Retrospection and Introspection." She tells us (p. 87), "Genuine Christian Scientists are, or should be, the most systematic and law-abiding people on earth, because their religion demands implicit adherence to fixed rules, in the orderly demonstration thereof."

Mortality is by nature cruel, an outlaw and a lawbreaker. Its seeming existence is an illusion that denies Principle, God. This denial, whether bold and aggressive or sly and subtle, is inevitably punished and destroyed. Sin is lawlessness; it promises, but cannot give, pleasure and satisfaction, and its unfortunate victim drifts into error unawares, or perhaps he persuades himself that his transgression is of no consequence. Divine Love will not abandon him to that confused, rebellious state. Love's tender compulsion is ever present to urge or force him to love and obey the law of God.

Paul said that "love is the fulfilling of the law" (Rom. 13:10). May it not be as truly said that the fulfilling of the law is proof and evidence of Love? God's will for us is always loving and good; His mandate is wise, and His reward a blessing. Harmonious affections appear in our experience as proof or evidence that the law of Love has been fulfilled. Eager, joyous obedience to the just and adorable One surmounts obstacles, obliterates opposition to good, ensures victory, and establishes our peace.

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