“Blessed are they that mourn . . .” Q&A #5

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

Question: What do we do after we become sorry for a sin, and we want to repent, and become better?

Answer:  Mary Baker Eddy tells us the answer in Science and Health: “Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, — namely, reformation.” (S&H 5)

Reformation. What is that? It is the process of uncovering our better selves by removing our faults, giving up bad behavior, correcting our thinking, and improving our moral character.
We are not alone in this. God works with us, if we reach out to Him:

“The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” (S&H 1)

“Divine Love corrects and governs man. Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.”  (S&H 6)

“Spirit blesses man, but man cannot ‘tell whence it cometh.’ By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted, and the sinning are reformed.” (S&H 78)

“Wherever the child looks up in prayer, or the Book of Life is loved, there the sinner is reformed and the sick are healed.” (My. 257)

Practice: Today, ask God in prayer to help you turn away from wrongdoing.

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

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Mourn #5




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