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Put Love 1st to make Love last! Be at one with Love! Leave behind a personal sense of self!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO
Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015

[Put Love 1st to make Love last! Be at one with Love! Leave behind a personal sense of self!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Love”
for Sunday, August 2, 2015

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
(314) 406-0041 kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com

Do you know what a keynote is? In the musical world it would be the tonal center of a piece of music. The rest of the chords and melodies in that piece would be founded on that tonic note, even when the key might change temporarily, or modulate, as they say. Modulation is a way of expanding on a musical theme or creating new themes. In such a case, the key changes would eventually make it “back home” to the tonic, or keynote. More often today we use “keynote” to mean the “main idea” or central principle of something. In this week’s lesson the keynote, in both senses of the word, is that man’s being is one with Love. Our identity is Love embodied. This in no way limits our sense of identity. We can expand or “modulate” and grow in newness, but our root is in Love. This was most obviously illustrated in the life of Christ Jesus, so we get several examples from his healing career to study this week. He taught us, through example that our only identity is in Love. We are not separate, human, individuals striving to be more loving or good. We are Love’s very expressions.

How do we get to the point where we can leave behind this personal sense of ourselves? It’s hard to do, but also simple. Does that make sense? Something can be difficult to do, because we resist it. This isn’t the same as something being complicated. It is much simpler to live without a personal, human sense of self. In fact everything in Paul’s analysis of love, in the Responsive Reading points to this! [Love is as Henry Drummond writes of Paul’s I Corinthians 13 passage on love “The Greatest Thing in the World”. You can check out his 1880 classic analysis of love at http://www.henrydrummond.wwwhubs.com/greatest.htm .] Here are all the things Love is or does according to this passage: It suffers long, it’s kind, not envious, not proud, not rude, not selfish, not easily provoked, thinks no evil, rejoices in truth and not in evil, bears all things, believes all things hopes all things, endures all things and never fails! Wow, what a list! The road to doing these things (or not doing them as the case may be), is discovered by dropping a human sense of identity or personality. Think about it—almost every disagreement we have (complication), whether with schoolmates, cabin-mates, friends, siblings, co-workers, bosses, even war itself—is based in the belief that we are separate human beings that have an ego or agenda that is apart from Love and acting on its own. We act on our “own” out of fear. Perhaps we feel we need to defend the “right” thing. Or maybe we are afraid of being left out or marginalized. Maybe we feel like we are “different” from others, or someone is mean. Aren’t all of these things erased when we see God as the only Ego? What is left to be offended, be hateful, feel left out or [unforgiving and] unforgiven? If every one of us is the essence of Love’s being, we can feel free to turn to God in a situation that leaves us feeling that someone is not so, and remember that we don’t have an ego that can be bruised, offended, irritated, angry. Our ego is one with the one Ego and that one is safely governing all with the spirit of the Christ.

What thrills me most about this idea is that it is our own false sense of a separate self from Love that we are dropping. We are not trying to see others in a more loving way—we simply don’t harbor those thoughts about other’s because our own identity is secure and enveloped in Love. When we “get it”, we just don’t struggle so much with being offended, irritated, angry with others. In like manner, when faced with the suggestion of illness, we feel that Christ spirit of Love more readily because we have accepted Love as the residence of our true being. We are less bullied by fears of unkindness, sickness, etc. Here’s a great example of this in Section 4: The disciples were kind of caught with their hands “in the cookie jar” as they say. They were ashamed of the fact that they had been arguing amongst themselves (B17) about who was greatest. And, of course, Jesus perceived this. Jesus puts a child in his lap and says that whoever “shall receive” such a child in Jesus’ name, he would be receiving Jesus or the Christ spirit within. And in receiving this Christ, he would be receiving God, or Love itself. Why a child? It isn’t out of a naive sense of the natural innocence of someone who hasn’t been “around the block”. He is instructing us to “receive” in our hearts the trust, certainty and confidence in Love that children possess. They tend to be without worry about the future. Their meekness and love naturally know that their needs will be provided for. Do we need to look at these qualities as something we have lost and must be recovered? Not if we are willing to accept our place as one with Love. We are not in competition for this place because Love is infinite.

Section 1 gives us a great sense of this infinitude of divine Love. Look at citation B1 for a sense of that keynote idea of our being one with Love. “He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” This statement is followed by passage after passage about how inseparable we are from Love. We cannot get out of range of Love’s power and presence. Citation S5 includes the statement that there is no way that matter can ultimately satisfy us. No matter how hard we look in that direction— through relationships, exercise, school, job, even family—if it’s not entirely spiritually based—unless we see our good as coming from infinite Love, we will never be genuinely satisfied. If we have accepted our identity as one with Love, then we cannot fail to feel the satisfaction that comes from this infinite source of good all around us, wherever we are.

That great and famous passage from 1st Corinthians is sprinkled throughout the lesson after it is introduced in the Responsive Reading. In the Section 2 the idea of Love’s tenderness expressed is illustrated in Jesus’ healing of the woman that had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. [See B10, Luke 8:43-48, Warren's PS on the online-version Download 1 picture of a prayer shawl with the 10 Commandments on the hem or wings and Download 2 called CC on Jesus healing a 12-year issue.] After so many years of searching in matter for a solution to her trials, perhaps she was especially ready to drop that false sense of herself as “a woman with an issue of blood”, a separate identity from Love. Jesus’ Christly nature, embraced in Love, readily met this woman’s need. It took away her fear and hopelessness. It met her need for more than words and medical guesses and attempts. It reassured her of her sinless faithful nature, at one with Love. It gave her comfort and peace in a way that a simple cure could never have done. Our spirituality is measured by the tender love that we express toward others. Mrs. Eddy states it eloquently in citation S7 as: “The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.”

It’s the end of a long summer as a camp counselor, or maybe just a particularly challenging day. Your thought suggests to you that you are exhausted from being so loving and unselfish to your campers. You just need some time alone. Parents and teachers and many others can sometimes field this suggestion as well! Where does all that love, joy and enthusiasm come from? Section 3 shows us that it is from the infinite source with which you are at one. It is “our beliefs” that would penalize us for the long hours and abundant love that we are sharing (S15). No true law exists to penalize us! “Charity suffereth long, and is kind;” (B11). If we cave in to the suggestion that we are hard working and loving humans but separate from God/Love, this is different than the ‘keynote' knowledge that we are a part of Love’s very being.

Jesus gave us the most precious, clear example of how man can embody Love. It is this very embodiment that allows us to heal. In Section 5 we have the perfect example of this unity with Love. Jesus is confronted with a leper asking to be healed. Instead of recoiling in disgust, he reaches out in fearless compassion and touches the leprous man, healing him with this Love. [See B22, Mark 1:40-42 and online-version Download 2 called CC on the spiritual sense of Jesus touching a leper.] Also of note in this particular section, citation S24 declares that the healing work is done through divine Love. It is reaching another’s thought with this divine Love that heals, whether on the first visit or on the tenth. Love always heals. Or, as it says in citation B23: “Charity never faileth”. We also have that keynote reminder in citation S26 about how the rule of healing is based on Love “…encompassing all true being.” The only true being that there is, is based in Love.

Section 6 rounds out all these thoughts by reiterating the final part of that passage from 1st Corinthians that is quoted in the Responsive Reading. “…when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Isn’t that hinting to us that when we recognize our true identity as being only in Love then any mortal vestige of a separate identity that is vulnerable to disease, hatred, fear or any other mortal thought will be “done away”? Our human sense of self will be elevated and burned away as the Christ rolls away “…the stone from the door of human hope and faith…” This is followed by our at-one-ment with this “…spiritual idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.” S29. Citation S27 also declares the importance of our “…relation to the Divine…” Through this understanding we drop any sense of separation from our dear and near Father-Mother, Love.


[Warren’s P.S. In his Commentary on Luke 8:41-48 (B10) (online Download 2) Cobbey Crisler sets the stage for how the woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years was healed by touching the hem of Jesus’ garment. “The woman… is at the absolute desperate end of a rope. Here we find the receptivity. Blessed are those are in this state. Happy are those because the state of mind can be changed.
“This radical change of thought was in the presence of the Christ-correction that Jesus was exercising in the mental realm. It’s going to be sufficient and the woman feels that it will help her. She’s lost all her money on physicians.[No health insurance…]Mark even tells us that she’s worse because of that choice. [Mark 5:26] All she does is touch the border of his garment. The issue of blood, the continuous hemorrhaging that had occurred for twelve years had kept her out of the temple, kept her out of worship and made her as unclean as the lepers… Jesus refuses to allow that woman to walk away from the scene thinking that physical contact with his robe had anything to do with the healing. He says, again, “Your faith hath made you whole.” The word “whole” and the word “heal” in Anglo-Saxon have the identical root. It implies that disease is something less than wholeness, that it is a fragmentation of our being. Healing is the condition of being made whole.” Luke the Researcher, B. Cobbey Crisler, p. 163, 164

Another insight about the woman’s faith being rewarded is that she, like many who sought to touch but the border (or hem or wings) of Jesus’ prayer shawl—like the one pictured in Download 1—were doing so because with faith they were viewing Jesus as the fulfillment of this prophesy in Malachi: “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; (Mal. 4:2)]


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