Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

It Takes Grace to Forgive

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

It Takes Grace to Forgive

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WHEN a friend you trust and love says something unkind and unjust, is there anything you can do to quiet the anger or hurt you might feel in your heart? You can turn to God in prayer.

Christian Science has shown me that to love God and honor Him I must also love my fellow men and women. It has shown me that it takes grace to forgive others. I have learned to understand that other people are God's children just as I am. A book by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, entitled Miscellaneous Writings, says, "We should measure our love for God by our love for man . . ." (p. 12). In the same article we read this:"Love is the fulfilling of the law: it is grace, mercy, and justice" (p. 11).

The entire healing ministry of Jesus Christ was based on the fact that grace and love produce actual healing activity in human lives. We read in the Bible, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17). The demands of such grace were shown to Peter after he asked Jesus the following question: "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" Jesus responded, "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven" (Matthew 18:21, 22). Jesus was making the point with Peter that we need to have such love for God and our neighbor that forgiveness becomes something we express naturally. Grace is something we must express every day. And we will be able to show this grace if we realize that God is Spirit and has created all of His children spiritually. On this basis, each individual is a perfect son or daughter of God despite contrary evidence. The practice of identifying others spiritually begins to reveal God's qualities, which are expressed to us as honesty, kindness, goodness, intelligence, humility, and so forth. …

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