Forgiving the Wrongs People Do

The human mind has a marvelous way of evading confrontation with its own failings. It doesn't merely gloss over them; it magnifies them. Finding the demands of the Christ too difficult, people make a show of judging others in a way that diverts attention from their own performances. St. Paul pointed to this tendency. Writing of the evils men and women do, he said, "Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." Rom. 2:1;

Christ Jesus evidently made this tendency a primary target in his effort to lift human thought to the reality of spiritual being. For example, in giving the part of the Lord's Prayer that says "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors," Jesus added, "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matt. 6:12, 14, 15; The New English Bible translates trespasses "the wrongs they have done."

Neutralizing Magnetic Influences
November 30, 1974

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