July 31st, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, July 31st, 2016


Subject — Love

Golden Text: Leviticus 19: 18


“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.”


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Responsive Reading: Ephesians 4 : 1-3, 25-27, 29, 31, 32

1.     I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2.     With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3.     Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

25.     Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26.     Let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27.     Neither give place to the devil.

29.     Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

31.     Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32.     And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     I John 2 : 10

10     He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.


2.     Proverbs 18 : 24 (there)

24     …there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.


3.     I Samuel 18 : 1, 4, 5 (to 3rd ,), 12

1     And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.

4     And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

5     And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people,

12     And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.


4.     I Samuel 19 : 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

1     And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

2     But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

4     And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

6     And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the LORD liveth, he shall not be slain.

7     And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan shewed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past.

9     And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

10     And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.


5.     I Samuel 23 : 14 (to 1st ,), 16

14     And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds,

16     And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.


6.     I Samuel 24 : 1-6 (to 2nd ,), 7, 8 (And when)-10, 16, 17, 20

1     And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.

2     Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.

3     And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.

4     And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

5     And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.

6     And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master,

7     So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

8     And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

9     And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

10     Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.

16     And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.

17     And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.

20     And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.


7.     Matthew 4 : 23 (to 2nd ,)

23     And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,


8.     Matthew 5 : 1, 2, 43-45

1     And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2     And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

43     Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44     But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45     That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


9.     John 15 : 10, 11, 15

10     If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11     These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

15     Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.


10.     Jude : 21

21     Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     302 : 25-28

God is Love. He is therefore the divine, infinite Principle, called Person or God. Man's true consciousness is in the mental, not in any bodily or personal likeness to Spirit.


2.     475 : 13-14 (to ;)

Man is idea, the image, of Love;


3.     113 : 3-8

The letter of Science plentifully reaches humanity to-day, but its spirit comes only in small degrees. The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love. Without this, the letter is but the dead body of Science, — pulseless, cold, inanimate.


4.     494 : 10-19

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science.


5.     454 : 5-13, 17-24, 31-2

The understanding, even in a degree, of the divine All-power destroys fear, and plants the feet in the true path, — the path which leads to the house built without hands "eternal in the heavens." Human hate has no legitimate mandate and no kingdom. Love is enthroned. That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.

Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth. Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must "have her perfect work."

Remember that the letter and mental argument are only human auxiliaries to aid in bringing thought into accord with the spirit of Truth and Love, which heals the sick and the sinner.


6.     455 : 20-2

God selects for the highest service one who has grown into such a fitness for it as renders any abuse of the mission an impossibility. The All-wise does not bestow His highest trusts upon the unworthy. When He commissions a messenger, it is one who is spiritually near Himself. No per- son can misuse this mental power, if he is taught of God to discern it.

This strong point in Christian Science is not to be overlooked, — that the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet waters and bitter. The higher your attainment in the Science of mental healing and teaching, the more impossible it will become for you intentionally to influence mankind adverse to its highest hope and achievement.


7.     518 : 13-19

God gives the lesser idea of Himself for a link to the greater, and in return, the higher always protects the lower. The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.


8.     469 : 30-10

With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of

Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science. The supposed existence of more than one mind was the basic error of idolatry. This error assumed the loss of spiritual power, the loss of the spiritual presence of Life as infinite Truth without an unlikeness, and the loss of Love as ever present and universal.


9.     57 : 22-30

Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return. Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it. The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.


10.     266 : 6-19

Would existence without personal friends be to you a blank? Then the time will come when you will be solitary, left without sympathy; but this seeming vacuum is already filled with divine Love. When this hour of development comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is sufficient to exalt you; for "man's extremity is God's opportunity." The author has experienced the foregoing prophecy and its blessings. Thus He teaches mortals to lay down their fleshliness and gain spirituality. This is done through self- abnegation. Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science.


11.     452 : 10-12

When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on the new. Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract respect.


12.     458 : 20-28

Sin makes deadly thrusts at the Christian Scientist as ritualism and creed are summoned to give place to higher law, but Science will ameliorate mortal malice. The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind.


13.     571 : 15-21

At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. The cement of a higher humanity will unite all interests in the one divinity.


14.     464 : 23-24

The weapons of bigotry, ignorance, envy, fall before an honest heart.


15.     225 : 21-22

Love is the liberator.



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