Forgiveness

THERE is old saying to the effect that "to err is human, to forgive divine." The human, or erroneous, concept of forgiveness is unlike the Christian, Scientific forgiveness. A dictionary brings out this distinction in the definition of the word "forgive": "To release from punishment or from obligation to make amends; cease to cherish resentment or displeasure toward." The first part of the definition describes the human, erroneous sense of forgiveness, while the second part more nearly indicates the Christian, scientific sense.

Christ Jesus did not release anyone from the necessity of working out his own salvation, nor did he ever ignore the necessary correction of error. But he emphatically did not "cherish resentment or displeasure toward" those who persecuted him. His Christian forgiveness was one of his crowning demonstrations of divine Love.

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