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The Joy of Forgiving
"He who forgets a blow suffers nothing; he who remembers it strikes himself many times." So says a Chinese proverb. Indeed, by forgetting a wrong we not only suffer nothing, we regain our peace and our joy.
What joy it is to behold our brother man in his true light as the spiritual idea of God, loving, loved, and lovable! When we accept a false concept of man— when we believe the evidence of the material senses and think that our brother loves us not, that he has been unkind, unjust, or mean —we find that this false belief robs us of the fullness of our joy. Let us drop such robber illusions and find the joy of forgiving!
Has a relative or friend been unkind? Let us see him not as an unpleasant mortal, but as God knows him: as spiritual idea, reflecting and expressing God, divine Love. In truth, then, this one is tender and solicitous, unutterably kind and generous. These are spiritual facts which we need to accept and hold steadfastly in thought. In all the realm of the real, no one has ever been unkind, no one has ever been hurt. The refusal to accept the untrue picture of man and the determination to see him as God's own image wipe away all sense of hurt and constitute true forgiveness.
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Maintaining Our "first love"
HORACE A. PULLAR
The Joy of Forgiving
LAURA E. LOVETT GUSTUS
THOMAS LOVATT WILLIAMS
Patience, Courage, Meekness
ELSIE M. LE FEVRE
"The axe is laid unto the root"
"An house not made with hands"
KATHLEEN MARION COOPER
BARBARA H. ALDEN
"Lift up thine eyes"
OLIVE E. DVORAK
God Holds My Hand
DOROTHY DOLE SEYMOUR
"Hast thou heard the secret of God?"
John Randall Dunn
"Thou art mine"
Paul Stark Seeley
Letters to the Press from Christian Science Committees on Publication
D. F. J. Harricks
An experience I had some...
David F. Algie
The Christian Science practitioner...
Leah L. Fowler
When I was a student in high school...
Allen Embury Hyatt
Christian Science was first mentioned...
Grace Ferguson Reid
Christian Science came to me...
Hazel K. Smith
I am grateful for the opportunity...
Percy F. Wormer
Paul said (II Cor. 5:8), "We...
Elizabeth M. H. Cole with contributions from Howard R. Cole
The Prism of Humility
BENJAMIN STURGIS PRAY
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Royce Brier, Charles A. Ellwood, Joy Elmer Morgan, C. Moore, Allen E. Claxton, M. Eugene Van Nostrand