True Forgiveness

DAILY we pray, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." For many years the thought which this conveyed to the writer was of time only; or, "forgive us our debts," when "we forgive our debtors." How much broader and deeper becomes the interpretation when the light of Christian Science is turned on this prayer. Then, in addition to meaning "when," it means "in like manner."

Mrs. Eddy tells us in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 5), "Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ,–Truth and Life;" and again she says (p.497), "We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal." In numerous other passages she joins forgiveness with complete destruction of sin. Unless our forgiveness of our debtors approximate the divine method of pardon, we are not truly endeavoring to forgive.

September 23, 1922

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