And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;
Question: What are some steps we can take to help us forgive others?
Answer: We must first make the choice to forgive. We are to develop the attitude that Jesus taught us in the Beatitude:
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matt: 5:7)
Mary Baker Eddy suggests a starting point:
“One’s first lesson is to learn one’s self; having done this, one will naturally, through grace from God, forgive his brother and love his enemies.” (Mis. 129:5-8)
What if there is a strong feeling that the wrongdoer needs to be punished? Mrs. Eddy
explains we must leave this to God:
“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. Never return evil for evil; and,
above all, do not fancy that you have been wronged when you have not been.” (Mis. 12:5)
Note how a sense of love is important in the process of forgiving, as found in these further instructions from Mrs. Eddy:
“We must love our enemies in all the manifestations wherein and whereby we love our friends; must even try not to expose their faults, but to do them good whenever opportunity occurs.”
“May God give unto us that loving sense of gratitude which delights in the opportunity to cancel
accounts.” (Mis. 131)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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