“Blessed are the merciful” – Q&A #3

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Question: What if someone treats us, or a loved one, so badly, they do not deserve to be
forgiven?

Answer: This is one of the hardest things in life to do: forgive the awful cruelties done to us or others. But, it is the sign of a true Christian to do so. When asked by Peter how many times he was expected to forgive the same person, Jesus told him “seventy times seven.” (See Further Study below)

Mary Baker Eddy also urges her followers to forgive:

“If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish,
more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you.” (Mis. 12)

“The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he knows that that would harm him more than all the malice of his foes. Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou. I say it with joy, — no person can commit an offence against me that I cannot forgive.” (“02 19)

You probably know the Lord’s Prayer. What does Jesus ask us to pray? “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Think about that. You are here asking God to forgive you in the same
manner that you forgive others. Are you being merciful? Generous? Willing to separate the sin from the sinner, and see the perfect child of God? If not, you are asking God to treat you just as harshly!

Further Study: Today, read the parable of the debtors that Jesus told Peter, during their
discussion on forgiveness. You can find it in Matthew 18:21-35.

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

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Merciful - #3

 

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