“Blessed are they that mourn . . . ” Q&A #2

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Question: What do we do when we realize we have been acting or thinking in a sinful way, and we feel sorry?

Answer: We become repentant! That word tells us we are not only sorry for what we have done, but that we see we must turn away from the sin, and then do something to change our ways.

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “The knowledge of evil that brings on repentance is the most hopeful stage of mortal mentality. Even a mild mistake must be seen as a mistake, in order to be corrected; how much more, then, should one’s sins be seen and repented of, before they can be reduced to their native nothingness!” (Mis. 109)

You may be able to see here how closely aligned the first two Beatitudes are: we become aware of our mistaken sense, we suffer for it, perhaps, and feel sorrow for our thoughts or actions, and then we want to change. This is a good sign!

“The Passover, spiritually discerned, is a wonderful passage over a tear-filled sea of repentance — which of all human experience is the most divine; and after this Passover cometh victory, faith, and good works.” (‘00 15)

Our “Passover” from “sense to Soul” may feel painful, but it is a requirement:  “Without a knowledge of his sins, and repentance so severe that it destroys them, no person is or can be a Christian Scientist.” (Mis. 108)

Practice: Today, start paying attention to what you do, and be willing to drop unloving thoughts and actions. Separate yourselves from anything not good!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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