“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
Jesus taught us to “forgive” others for the wrongs they may have done to us. What is “forgiveness”? If somebody says “I’m sorry” for something wrong they have done to you, and then you say something like “That’s okay,” and you really mean it — that is forgiveness! We are also to forgive people when they do not do something good that we think they should have done. Have you ever been angry with a parent if they did not give you something they promised? If you think they owe you something, that something is called a “debt.” Jesus told us to pray to forgive our debtors. Why? Because that is what Love always does, and because we want God to forgive us when we goof up and do something wrong!
“And Love is reflected in love;”
We are able to forgive others because God made us to be loving, just as He is pure Love. We reflect back His love, just as a mirror shows our reflection doing exactly what we do in front of the mirror. God forgives the bad we do, because this is not the truth about His children. We can forgive others when we see they are made by Love, too. We pray to see Love
everywhere and in everyone, and not to make a big deal about mistakes that are made.
We pray to forgive and forget the wrongs done. We will then be happy to know that God
forgives us, too!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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