"Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors"

What depths of meaning unfold, as thought dwells on this line of our Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Our petition includes the condition of our forgiveness.

What is our duty, or debt to God, and to our brother? Our duty to God is to reflect Him, the divine nature, in word and deed: this also includes our duty or debt to our brother. It unfolds the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. St. Paul tells us, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." The Twentieth Century edition renders this: "Never owe any one anything except brotherly love; for those who love their fellow men have satisfied the Law." How complete is the manual for living and loving here contained! What comprehensiveness and depth in those words, "have satisfied the Law, "—the law of Life, Truth, Love. Analyzed in the light of Christian Science, this includes the healing and regenerating power of Spirit.

A Reminiscence
May 13, 1905

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