Principle or love - a balancing act?

Whether parenting or teaching or governing or... there is always the balancing of principle and love, the demand for obedience/conformity and the need for providing nurturing and support. In identifying synonyms for God, Mary Baker Eddy included Principle, which, unlike the other six synonyms, does not explicitly appear in the Bible. She often used Principle with Love, leading us to the recognition that, in essence, Principle and Love are the same stuff, and if understood, there is no balancing act required at all!

When Paul declared "faith, hope, and charity, but the greatest of these is charity," he was referring to love that includes Principle, not the fallible, personal love, which he declares, is nothing! 

Therefore, we can conclude that, if we find ourselves in a balancing act between love and principle, we are out of line with our Maker, and we need to get back to basics. "I and the Father are one." "The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works." "The Father hath not left me alone." (Jesus) 


"The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea, — perfect God and perfect man, — as the basis of thought and demonstration." (S&H) (emphasis added)

No balancing act here!!