When I was in high school one of my best friends received a pin that said “I am loved.” I loved the messaging of the pin and thought it was a sweet gift. At the time many of my friends were thinking about companionship. So to have a sense that you are loved was something many of us hoped to understand better. At the same time I was learning at my Christian Science Sunday School that God loves each of us—equally, unconditionally, and eternally.
Growing in the fact that you are loved
It is for this reason that one of my favorite reasons for practicing Christian Science is sharing a growing understanding that I am, and we are, forever loved! Each of us is, eternally, in a perfect, unbreakable relationship with God, divine Love. Even if we’re yearning to be loved by certain people, or to have romantic relationships, God’s love is forever fulfilling, satisfying, and always constant—and it’s never too late or too soon to understand why God is Love.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
—I John 3:2
Clarity in seeing Love’s love for you
This isn’t an abstract concept. Nor is our relationship with God some kind of a “pie-in-the-sky” thinking, where we get to be with a personal God and Savior someday after we die. Rather, God’s love for us is ever with us and God’s Spirit is ever upon us and even the very substance of good that makes us who we are.
How do we know this? Well the Bible tells us that God made man in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). And Jesus later showed us to what extent we are God’s children — the very loved of Love. Jesus’ example wasn’t for us just to see a perfect personality, but to show us why the “…the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 21)” — just as it was for Jesus. Jesus helped us understand God better because he showed us the likeness of living Love. But Jesus also showed us that we, like Jesus, are the children of God — and God is well-pleased with each one of us.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Related, eternally, to God’s love
And like any relationship, our relationship to God is a two-way street. We need to acknowledge God’s love for us and participate by loving and communing with God in prayer. We also love God by loving other people — friends and enemies! In fact Jesus pointed out that in order for us to really know God, we need to love those who don’t love us. Our relationship to God is enriched and strengthened by loving even people who may hate us.
Even better, this act of loving others, and even loving God, is not some sort of personal endeavor. Really you’re made to love — you’re made to reflect God’s love — because you’re God’s image and likeness. You’re God’s idea and child. You’re made to love just as God loves, and because God is Love. And love is more than just an attribute of God — you’re actually made of this divine Love, too. Love, God is also Life, and it’s why we’re alive — it’s who you are — it’s why when you love it feels so good, so natural, and so perfect. Because when you love, you’re synced with God Herself — you’re the action of Love’s activity itself.
Is it not a species of infidelity to believe that so great a work as the Messiah’s was done for himself or for God, who needed no help from Jesus’ example to preserve the eternal harmony? But mortals did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way for them. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.495