“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #9

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

Question: What if we find it difficult to forgive our debtors?

Answer: It would then be dishonest to pray this line of the Lord’s Prayer, would it not? If we cannot forgive others, it would be wrong to expect God to forgive our sins. To see that all evil, all sin, is unreal, helps to destroy those beliefs for ourselves and others. We would not be
unmerciful towards others, if we knew how innocent they really are.

But what if the sin seems so real that we just cannot see the truth as taught by Jesus and Christian Science. Simply, we have to forgive anyway, and trust that God’s purpose for all will be victorious. We must practice forgiving, and have faith in that choice, even before we can see the reason behind this required action. Here are a few more citations to ponder:

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger rested in the bosom of fools.” (Eccl. 7:9)

“It is error even to murmur or to be angry over sin.” (S&H 369:31-32)

“Who remembers that patience, forgiveness, abiding faith, and affection, are the symptoms by which our Father indicates the different stages of man’s recovery from sin and his entrance into Science?
(Mis. 100:28-32)

“And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ
Jesus; to do unto others
as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.”
(S&H 497:24) 

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

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Forgive #9


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