“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #10

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

Question: How did Jesus teach and live forgiveness of debts?

Answer: A study of the four Gospels will show you many occasions in which Jesus forgave others. He forgave sins by destroying the beliefs held by the people who sought healing from him. He forgave his enemies who tried to destroy him. And, he forgave his disciples, who often fell short of wisdom or courage.

By his life, his healings, his teachings, his struggles, and, most of all, by his crucifixion, Jesus demonstrated the blessings of forgiveness. Mary Baker Eddy pointed this out in a number of ways:

“Christ Jesus paid our debt and set us free by enabling us to pay it; for which we are still his
debtors, washing the
Way-shower’s feet with tears of joy.” (My. 161:1)

“The great demonstrator of Truth and Love was silent before envy and hate. Peter would have
smitten the enemies
of his Master, but Jesus forbade him, thus rebuking resentment or animal
courage. He said: ‘Put up thy sword.’”  (S&H 48:19)

“The last act of the tragedy on Calvary rent the veil of matter, and unveiled Love’s great legacy to mortals: Love forgiving its enemies. This grand act crowned and still crowns Christianity.”
(Mis. 124:24-27)

Mrs. Eddy tells us that “Jesus was compassionate . . . ready to forgive.” (’02 18:12-13)
In gratitude to Jesus, we must also be ready to forgive.

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

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