“And lead us not into temptation . . . ” – Q&A #17

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.

Question: What is “Love” and how does it help deliver us from evil.

Answer: Love, with a capital “L,” is a name for God, which represents the mothering sense of our divine Parent. Love is also Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritually scientific name for the Biblical terms “Holy Ghost” or “Comforter.” She also closely connects Love with Principle:

“Love, the divine Principle, is the Father and Mother of the universe, including man.” (S&H 256:7-8)

Love leads us away from hate, fear, and sin. Just as our dear earthly mothers teach and guide their children as they grow up, Love leads us into our rightful sense of who we are, even though the lessons may not seem easy.

“Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.” (S&H 454:18-19)

“Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and
purified.” (S&H 22:20-22)

“Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance.” (My 149:31)

We see from the above citations that Love leads and delivers us from the temptations of evil. We must follow Love.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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Temptation - #17

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