FORGIVENESS

THE Master, Christ Jesus, frequently spoke of forgiveness. In Matthew (18:21, 22) we read: "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

True forgiveness is understanding the allness of God, the perfection of man, and the nothingness of error. As long as we believe that error is personal, we cannot truly forgive. Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, writes in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 71) : "Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief an illusion of material sense."

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