“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #4

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

Question: What do we do to get our debts forgiven?

Answer: When we pray “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” we are asking God to forgive our debts in the proportion, or in the same manner, that we forgive the debts we feel are owed to us. We must forgive others in order to be fully forgiven ourselves.

As Christians, we want to be merciful to others and not seek revenge for wrongs done to us, or for those actions we expected from others, but did not receive.

“Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:
condemn not, and
ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” (Luke 6:36, 37)

Also note that our forgiveness of others, or ourselves, does not cancel the need to be healed of sin. Mary Baker Eddy explains:

“Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.
Revenge is
inadmissible.” (S&H 22:30-32)

As Christian Scientists, we need to learn how to separate the beliefs of sin from our fellow man, and see the unreality of sin or evil. When we destroy these false beliefs, we have
experienced true mercy, which is the destruction of sin. Our total freedom from debts is
won in this way:

“The right way wins the right of way, even the way of Truth and Love whereby all our debts are paid, mankind blessed, and God glorified.” (My. 232:6) 

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

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Forgive #4


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