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PSST - PSST: Obey the whole Law… reassure yourselves with the law of Love! (6)

Aubrey McMullin, CS Godrey, IL

[PSST: Obey the whole Lawreassure yourselves with the law of Love! (6)]
Possible Sunday School Topics for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for Sunday, January 31 , 2016 on

LOVE

by Aubrey McMullin, C.S., Godfrey, Illinois
(618) 578-9407 aubrey.mcmullin3@gmail.com

PSST Golden Text and Responsive Reading: WOW! “LOVE is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). Where do we see laws in this week’s lesson, even simply in the Responsive Reading? What laws come to thought immediately? Are there any from the Bible that we turn to regularly? (maybe the 10 Commandments, maybe the Golden Rule, maybe Jesus’ teachings, etc.) There are some definite directives in this week's Responsive Reading that also stood out to me: “LOVE your enemies, BLESS them that curse you, GIVE to every man that asketh of thee, … hoping for nothing again” - or nothing in return. How do these directives better our daily lives? Why are they setting the tone for the lesson on Love?

PSST Section 1: Why do you think it is important to understand that Love is God as well as God expresses love? Jesus’ two great commandments from Matthew 22 are repeated in the lesson this week, so why is it important to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… love thy neighbor as thyself”? Perhaps the answers or beginnings of these answers are in the Science and Health portion of this section… “Love inspires, illumine, designates, and leads the way” (p. 454), “Love is reflected in love” (p. 17). What are our own definitions of love? What are our definitions of Love? Are these definitions also of who we are as Love's reflection?

PSST Section 2: My family would repeat 1 John 4:16 together as grace before dinner when I was growing up. It has been one of my favorite passages for a long time, reminding me that I dwell in love, so I dwell in God, and God is in me! It is that reminder that “I and my Father are one” that Jesus gave as well in the Gospel of John 10:30. Look at the different translations of the following passage, 1 John 4:19. How do they differ? What is the importance and significance of saying “we love him” verses “we love” or “we are going to love - love and be loved”? (King James Version, Revised Standard Version, The Message)

Do you ever feel like sometimes putting God first in everything you do can feel like a lot of effort? Maybe in school, sports, family relations, friendships, other relationships? On page 4 of Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy reassures us that “the habitual struggle to be always good is unceasing prayer… Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mold and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.” How is that reassuring to you? How does it speak to each student individually? (emphasis added)

PSST Section 3: There it is again, “he that loveth another heath fulfilled the law" (Romans 13:8)! Even a bit later in this section we are reminded the importance of how we are expressing that love: “let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" 1 John 3:18. So, how are we expressing the love that God has given us to express? How are we loving ourselves, our neighbors, those we don't “know”? Are we loving in “one grand brotherhood”? Are we putting to action “the vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science” (S&H p. 113) - Love? Ask yourself, as a Christian Scientist, how am I giving to the vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science?

PSST Section 4: I love this story of Elisha and the king of Israel! We all are inspired by stories in proportion to where we are in our understanding of Truth, so how are you inspired by this particular story? What stands out to the students? I've gained so much by simply listening to what my students see in stories that I may see differently. Perhaps they see the statement “open eyes to see” repeated, perhaps they see the love that Elisha encouraged the king of Israel to express, or perhaps they are touched by the idea to love your enemies! There is inspiration there. Encourage it to grow and be shared with classmates! “No power can withstand divine Love" (S&H 224).

PSST Section 5: God is FULL of compassion, grace, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth! What do these qualities mean to you? How does God express the fullness of them in your daily lives? How do we express the fullness of these qualities in our daily lives? This is simply the starting point of Love, and as we well know, “divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need" (S&H 494). I add emphasis to that well-known quote because a friend pointed out to me years ago that sometimes those specific words become so natural to us to include, but we must remember their importance! What is the importance of always and every to you?

PSST Section 6: Again! “Love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10). This must be some important law for it to be repeated throughout this lesson

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