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The gospel of Love—lived

From the July 1996 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Divine Love heals because it is pure good. Love has no evil element. This Love, God, is not only untouched by evil; by reason of its allness, Love rules evil out—gives it no way or place to exist or operate. The divine Principle, Love, is the only creator, and all that Love creates is good, reflecting Love. The purpose of man—God's spiritual image and likeness—is to reflect Love, in all its purity and goodness.

One reason people like to pray, and to ponder the Word of God, is that they are so hungry for this good news. That's what the word gospel means—good message, good story, good news. The life and ministry of Christ Jesus, which the Bible tells us about in its four Gospels, deliver the reassuring message of God's pure goodness, and of His unwavering love for each one of us, His children. To give oneself time, through prayer and Bible study, to take this good message into one's consciousness and assimilate it is like inhaling a purifying, life-giving breath of mental fresh air. But to feel the full impact of this gospel, or good news, of Love, and to be a healing influence in the world, we need to do more than take a few breaths of Love into our consciousness. We let Love fill our hearts and minds with a spiritual understanding of and love for God and His creation. We let it remove from our mental homes all that is impure, ungodlike. We let God, and not the world, shape our thoughts, desires, and characters from moment to moment.

Jesus did this. It was through his purity—his faithful reflection of divine Love in every thought and act—that the gospel of Love reached others, that it inspired and healed them. And Jesus expected his followers to bring the gospel message to others, so that they might experience inspiration and healing. He said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. But how?

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