True Forgiveness

In her Message to The Mother Church for 1902, Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 19): "The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he knows that that would harm him more than all the malice of his foes. Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou." Note that "to cherish" means "to hold dear; to treat with tenderness and affection; hence, to nurture with care. To harbor in the mind; cling to."

Now let us ask ourselves: Are we cherishing hatred, resentment, injustice, in regard to family, business, social, national, or world conditions or relationships? Are we holding dear, nurturing with care, harboring, or clinging to resentment, hatred, a sense of injustice, self-pity, disappointment, fear, or regret, regarding any person or condition touching our experience or world affairs? If so, then remember our Leader's statement that such cherishing will harm us more than all the malice of our foes.

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