“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #3

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

Question: What are “our debts” that we owe to God?

Answer: We have already learned that God is our divine Father-Mother. He created us, and provides us with all that we need. What is expected of us is obedience to God’s rules and laws, just as children are expected to obey their earthly parents. Mary Baker Eddy once wrote:

“So dear, so due, to God is obedience, that it reaches high heaven in the common walks of life, and it affords even me a perquisite of joy.” (My. 189:4)

The Bible is one place where we can go to learn what God expects of us. Both the Old and New Testament teach us of God’s requirements. But it is our obedience to the lessons taught by God’s Son, Christ Jesus, that is especially important.

“To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done.” (S&H 4:5-9)

“So, whatever we meet that is hard in the Christian warfare we must count as nothing, and must think instead, of our poverty and helplessness without this understanding, and count ourselves
always as debtors to Christ, Truth.” (Mis. 281:18)

We see now that our debts to God come in the form of some sin that is in disobedience to God’s laws, or when we neglect to do some good that would be expected of us as the reflection of divine Love, just as Jesus taught his followers.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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