“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #12

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

Question: How is “Love reflected in love”?

Answer: We have learned in previous lessons that man is the reflection of God, who is Love. This line of the Lord’s Prayer is telling us that man cannot help but be loving and forgiving, since he reflects divine Love. This reflection takes form in the expression of spiritual
qualities in man and in God’s universe. For instance:

“Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color.”  (S&H 247:21-24)

“All that God imparts moves in accord with Him, reflecting goodness and power.” (S&H 515:22)

But what are the qualities of Love that are “reflected in love”? You can try to think of a few now. Kindness, patience, and affection are examples. And, of course, forgiveness. These
qualities do not start or stop with mankind. They shine through us from God, and back to
Him again, through reflection in Mind.

“Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all
as the blossom shines
through the bud. All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness,
immortality — infinite Life, Truth, and Love.” (S&H 518:19)

As Mary Baker Eddy states: “More love is the great need of mankind. A pure affection . . .
forgiving wrongs and forestalling
them, should swell the lyre of human love.” (Mis. 107:11-13)  

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

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