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Your primary, life-giving purpose

From the July 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


When asked what is most important for gaining eternal life, Christ Jesus asked his questioner what he found in the law. The man replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself” (Luke 10:27). Jesus approved the answer, confirming that life’s primary purpose is to love God, and all of His children. 

Jesus bore this message throughout his entire ministry, and it hints at how much and how deeply he must have loved God. His constant, overflowing adoration of God, whom the Bible calls Love, gave him the means to heal the sick and sinning, feed crowds, and even overcome death.

There are countless ways to love God. In the account mentioned above, Jesus approved four: love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. This central directive was followed by the encouragement to love others with the same degree of love that we have for ourselves.

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