I feel that to be healed of a sense of revenge and resentment...

I feel that to be healed of a sense of revenge and resentment, and to know how to forgive is more than to be healed of a physical ailment. Having recently been criticised, condemned, and misjudged, I could not seem to keep from harboring some resentment, but the old saying, "The least said is easiest mended," also love for our Cause and for our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, kept me from trying to clear myself. Until the healing truth came to me, however, the sense of resentment was not cleared away. Then Truth showed me that I was only reaping what I had sown,—criticism, condemnation, and erroneous judgment. As I looked backward, and saw how much condemnation and criticism I had reaped, I decided that I had consciously and unconsciously sown a vast amount of this kind of seed to reap such a harvest; that it was coming back to me "pressed down, and shaken together, and running over," for the Master said, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." Then what was there for me to do but to forgive as I had been forgiven? I remembered how I had judged and condemned a fellow-student of Christian Science for an erroneous statement I had heard, and how beautifully Christian Science had enabled her to forgive, and to manifest this forgiveness in her love, trust, and confidence toward me.

Now I have no desire to sow the seeds of error in my consciousness, but to know that I "possess sovereign power to think and act rightly" (Pulpit and Press, p. 5), Sometimes we are tempted to think that we have acted wrongly or suffered because of other people's thoughts, but this is not an excuse. Our text-book says, "Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding, unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defense" (Science and Health, p. 234). For this healing and the healing of many other discordant conditions I am thankful, and I am more in earnest to keep my thought "from blemish free;" to obey the Golden Rule in thought, word, and action. I know that if I sow thoughts of kindness, love, joy, and peace, I shall also reap these conditions. I am thankful to our Father-Mother God for having given us our Leader; and thankful for her labor in giving to the world this book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which shows us how to live and love; how to separate the tares from the wheat. Surely she will reap God's choicest blessings.

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