"Godly sorrow"

As the Bible is studied in the light of Christian Science, we become more and more aware of the fact that the Scriptures must be interpreted spiritually in order to gain a demonstrable sense of their teachings; otherwise, they often seem self-contradictory. When, however, we apply the Principle of all harmony, we leave behind us the old concepts, which did not satisfy the demands of our higher nature, and gain new views of the progress possible in the truly Christian life.

In the seventh chapter of II Corinthians St. Paul discriminates between the ordinary sense of sorrow, which he says "worketh death," and that which he terms "godly sorrow," that "worketh repentance . . . not to be repented of." He then goes on to speak of the effects of this truer sense of sorrow, which undoubtedly includes the "sorrow for wrongdoing" characterized by Mrs. Eddy as "one step toward reform" (Science and Health, p. 5). Paul says of it, "What carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, . . . yea, what revenge!" The last word seems almost incomprehensible until we ponder a passage in Romans which reads: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink." Here we have a very different view of revenge from that commonly entertained, but it is what we should expect when we know that God is Love. The demands of Principle must be vindicated, even if the living water offered for the opponent's thirst may seem as "coals of fire on his head."

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