Love-Impelled Duty and Privilege
Julio C. Rivas, CS
Jesus Christ declared, “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Magnificent metaphysician and healer, M. B. Eddy, wrote: “It is possible, -- yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, -- to follow in some degree the example of our Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness” (S&H).
Love-Spirit is filling us every instant with infinite spiritual resources and abilities. Hence, we have a duty to ourselves and others to live and impart our innate, Christly endowments. What makes it a privilege is that by drawing on our divine gifts we augment wellness in us and everyone.
It is Spirit’s ever-presence in us – the ubiquitous Christ-spirit – which capacitates us to resolve confounding problems, to supplant sickness with health, to enjoy improved relationships, and to succeed in life.
Love-Spirit is infinite goodness. It is preeminent in our spiritual constitution and throughout its divine universe. The dominant, health-goodness-multiplying energies of Love surround, nurture, and sculpt our spiritual lives.
When we connect mentally and emotionally with Love we experience redemption and advancement. The Christ-spirit takes over and ejects ignorance, fault, guilt, pain, illness and failure.
Love-Mind’s illuminating insights alter our thought, body and behavior. They enhance our character and decisions, and they infuse us with superior health and talents.
Love-Truth’s superlative and imperious goodness suffuses all spiritual existence. Our cognizance of this has extensive beneficial repercussions. It exterminates all harmful influences, removes obstructions, and reconstructs our lives.
Love’s matter-exterminating concepts free us to experience the irrepressible energies of Spirit. By improving our motives and actions Truth’s intelligent ideas allow us to enjoy more of Spirit’s exponential forces of health, intelligence, grace and bounty.
We read in the New Testament that when Jesus is about to commence his Sermon on the Mount he sits down first. When he is about to multiply the loaves and fish in order to feed the thousands he asks them to sit down first. The “sitting down” may be interpreted as doing what is necessary to relax and clear thought for Love. Then we can receive and give of Mind-Love’s bountiful wisdom and riches.
A man who was in great pain caused by a tumor the size of a grapefruit went from a state of extreme distress and fear to feel the comforting and assuring peace of Love’s presence. We had been talking and praying about his Love-asserted wholeness when the fog of suffering began to part. He fell asleep and when he woke up he was completely well. He noticed that the tumor had exited his body and was on the bed next to him.
Our clear and calm trust in the imperial goodness and efficacy of Love-Life ejects out of our humanity everything that is not endemic to our Spirit-enforced constitution.
Life’s harmony-enforcing might liberates us from the beliefs of sin and suffering. Truth acts on our thought and infuses health and goodness into our bodies, our character, our relationships, and into our business dealings.
Love treasures us as the confirmation of its own glorious being. Therefore, we are loved by Love in a way that is infinitely more dependable than human love. This may not be clear to us when the fog of material troubles is ruling us, but as we make the effort to let in Love’s effulgence then we feel subsumed by it.
Love-Truth drives our duty and privilege to express Love.