The Divine Method of Forgiveness

Forgiveness! A wonderful and beautiful word when analyzed in the illuminating rays of divine intelligence! And what a vital place it should have in the life of the Christian Scientist! What does it mean to forgive? It means, fundamentally, to refuse to admit error of any kind about any one of God's ideas. This is having that Mind in us "which was also in Christ Jesus;" it is so clearly understanding the real man as the reflection of Spirit, God, that, regardless of the supposititious claims of evil,—impurity, jealousy, falsehood, strife,—we maintain the irrefutable fact that the ideal man, God's likeness, perpetually remains spiritual, sinless, perfect, Godlike, free.

On page 200 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike." Thus our Leader explains that the true reflection of God—man in His image and likeness—is always perfect, is always manifesting the pure characteristics of divine Love; that the real spiritual man is never in need of forgiveness, for he never errs. Then, when a false presentation of God's likeness attempts to deceive us, how quickly should we see the perfect idea of God in its stead, and forgive!

Love's Care for His Own
March 9, 1929

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