Learning to Forgive

To human sense there is, perhaps, no harder lesson to learn than the holy art of forgiving one's so-called enemies. And it is necessary that we obtain this spiritual capacity in order to gain forgiveness for ourselves. Jesus gave us the prayer, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Thus, as we forgive our debtors, so are we forgiven our debts.

Before one is enlightened by Christian Science, he may try to forgive by asking God to endow him with personal generosity or magnanimity sufficient to perform the act of forgiving what appear to him to be real wrongs and wrongdoers. This effort must, however, inevitably end in failure, as it implies the reality of evil—an impossibility in divine Science.

Reliance on Love
July 4, 1931

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