"Unwinding one's snarls"

In some cases it seems difficult to shake off a lingering sense of regret for wrong done in the past, or else to efface the mental scars of resentment for wrong endured. One seems enmeshed in distressing memories, and the thought persists that it is too late to make good. But under God's law no back records handicap present right doing. When the divine law of justice and mercy enters and reforms the human heart, it carries forward no balance of old mistakes. Before each one who resolves to think and live rightly according to the rules of Christian Science is a clean page on which to inscribe the records of true manhood.

In Isaiah it is written: "Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. ... The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day." And the eighteenth chapter of Ezekiel shows that the way to efface the stigma of what is labeled heredity is by individual regeneration.

On page 240 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "The divine method of paying sin's wages involves unwinding one's snarls, and learning from experience how to divide between sense and Soul." "Unwinding one's snarls" means definitely seeing and proving the unreality of evil. It means holding one's thought loyally to the eternality and potency of good. It means dismissing mental darkness and fruitless remorse in order that one's ability to express that which is pure, joyful, and useful shall be untrammeled. Christian Science does not make light of evil, but neither does it admit any irretrievable blackness. Sin and sinner are lies against Truth—images of mortal mind—and this so-called mind has no place in reality. The "mind ... which was also in Christ Jesus" is Mind, God, the one universal Mind, available to all, and in it there are no false witnesses.

January 9, 1937

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