Among the many instances related in the New Testament where the love and compassionate sympathy of Christ Jesus stands out preeminent, perhaps there are no more striking illustrations given than those of the penitent Magdalen and the adulterous woman, although the incident narrated concerning the latter presents an entirely different phase from that of the sincere and heartfelt repentance of the one called Mary Magdalene. While the forgiveness of sin was assured to each, both promises voicing the wonderful love of Christ Jesus, they differ in character; one being to the sinning sense which repents and confesses its sin, and the other to the sin that is only discovered and yet unrepented of.

To the adulterous woman, the Master, after having reproved her persecutors, turned and said, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more," implying that God's forgiveness of sin lies "in the destruction of sin" (Science and Health, p. 497). To the penitent woman, "Thy sins are forgiven" was spoken to the sorrowing heart, for the Master undoubtedly discerned that her experience had been sufficient to enable her to turn away with loathing from the demands of the flesh. This forgiveness or destruction of sin was the reward which the Master ever affirmed to be the return for contrition, humility, and repentance.

November 29, 1913

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