[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of March 27-April 2 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 417 - Easter and Forgiveness

[The participants are Michael Thorneloe and Robert McKinnon.]

McKinnon: We use the word "relevance" a lot today, but I think it becomes meaningful when we think about the Easter message and what it means to most people in the 1970's. Many people take part in sunrise services and so on, but I'm not sure just what effect this has on the individual's life-style. Thorneloe: What about a person who's been holding a deep-seated grudge for some time and wants to forgive but just doesn't know how? How do you think most people would handle that sort of feeling?McKinnon: I think, quite honestly, that it is very difficult. I imagine that the usual way is to make some outward gestures of forgiveness and then try to behave accordingly. But most of us find it difficult to forgive in our hearts.Thorneloe: Well, the Easter message shows what can be done along this line—that relationships between individuals needn't die through lack of forgiveness, but that our dead hopes of being able to forgive can be uplifted, can be resurrected. This involves the lifting of thought above that which would kill joy and peace and happy relationships.McKinnon: This is an interesting concept. I wonder if you could expand on it.

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