“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #14

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

Question: What if it is ourselves that we need to forgive?

Answer: At some point, everyone feels guilty about something they have done wrong.
But we need not spend any more time than is necessary regretting our mistakes. There are important steps to take to erase the debt that we may seem to owe others or to God.

While it is true that from God’s point-of-view there is no reality to sin and evil, because they are no part of God’s creation, that does not mean we are free to do evil, and expect to get away with it! Mary Baker Eddy tells us what to do:

“A sinner is not reformed merely by assuring him that he cannot be a sinner because there is no sin. To put down the claim of sin, you must detect it, remove the mask, point out the illusion, and thus get the victory over sin and so prove its unreality.” (S&H 447:22-27)

“Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin. One sacrifice, however great, is insufficient to pay the debt of sin.” (S&H 23:1-4)

We must ask for God’s help, and pray to know that the law of Truth and Love are at work!

Divine Love, as unconscious as incapable of error, pursues the evil that hideth itself, strips off its disguises, and — behold the result: evil, uncovered, is self-destroyed.” (Mis. 209:32)

The Bible assures us:   “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13)

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

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Forgive #14

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