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Forgiveness brings freedom
Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, declared, “The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science, . . .” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 271). Elsewhere she calls the Sermon on the Mount the “digest” or summary of Science (see Rudimental Divine Science, p. 3).
Several years ago I began reading and pondering this sermon each week, usually before or after church. I read it in a variety of Bible translations, frequently using an online site to view different versions. This helped me to gather fresh meaning from its familiar passages. I sought to understand it spiritually and to let its many lessons transform me.
Just before this, late in 2015, a friend had abruptly dissolved our friendship when she moved on to a new job. I had blanketed my dismay and hurt with layers of self-pity and self-righteousness.
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