Are we blaming or healing?

People have a tendency to blame. But divine Principle impels us to heal. If we truly want to be free from human woes, we can stop blaming—placing responsibility for evil on ourselves, others, and circumstances—and start healing.

Blaming is an element in the set of errors that constitute the false, material sense of existence. In its acute forms blaming is destructive and cruel. At no time is it beneficial. On the other hand, Christian healing is the natural outcome of Christly thinking, which destroys this habit and heals our troubles.

The decision to blame or to heal is one we make individually. We may say or believe that someone or something is causing us offense and is therefore blameworthy, but the actual decision to feel offended and apportion blame is entirely our own. What appears to be a troublesome situation can only suggest to us that we should be troubled. It can't make us so. When Pilate said to Christ Jesus, "Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?" Jesus quietly answered, "Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above." John 19:10, 11; To refuse to be offended by an error and to reject it is a God-given right we can exercise at all times.

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