Forgive And Be Free!

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“The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon. Divine Life destroys death, Truth destroys error, and Love destroys hate. Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness.” Science and Health, p. 339:1-4. What an awakening statement that is!

For years someone’s behavior tormented me. Year after year this behavior went on. At times it would appear to have stopped, and then it would show up again. Many human means were used: scolding, reasoning with this person, praying fervently that the behavior of this person be stopped. But never once did I see its unreality! Evil always presents itself disguised as conditions, persons, situations, places, things, and even as evil thoughts that appear as one’s own.

As I grew in my spiritual discernment, one day it became very clear to me that I had given life to a lie all that time, nursing it, so to speak, as I talked about it to others or pined about its seeming effect on me, desiring revenge or to have God punish the one with this behavior. Every time I faced this behavior, I would recall what it had done at different intervals, think of what it is doing now, and I would feel discouraged, feel so paralyzed, and feel overcome by this lie.

One morning the thought of a parasite and how it survives became vivid in my thought. I am aware of how parasitic vines grow, and the fact that the only life those vines have is that which they gain from the trees.

Mrs. Eddy’s teaching, that error comes to us for life and we give it all the life it can ever have, was clear! And on page 71 of Science and Health, she writes: “Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.” This means that, as long as I attach error to any person, place, condition, situation, relationship, employment, etc., I give it the only life it can ever have.

My only course to destroy any wrong behavior, no matter how frequent or how aggressively it may appear, is to see that that behavior has NEVER been any part of the person exhibiting it, it never started at any time, anywhere, therefore it can have no continuity. I had to totally sever it from any condition, person, relationship, situation, even things that were suggestive of the behavior, and to know that nothing wrong has ever been a part of God’s kingdom; therefore whatever the error, it has no cause, law or substance to sustain it. With the help of a loving practitioner, I resolved that that behavior is uncovered, as the mirage that would deceive, and I would never allow this lie to make me sad, angry or fearful again! That reasoning brought immediate peace. I also often read “Taking Offense” in Miscellaneous Writings, page 223, to reinforce my conviction in what was being revealed to me. It was imperative that I destroy the “wrong” in my own thinking.

Christ Jesus’ life of forgiveness — that is, destroying any wrong that could attach itself to God’s child and beholding a pure consciousness — enabled him to heal. Even the sinful act of his crucifixion was destroyed, rendered powerless, by his words, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” And that of Mrs. Eddy when she says, “Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou. I say it with joy, — no person can commit an offense against me that I cannot forgive.” (Mess. 1902.) What glorious examples!

If God forgives all our sins, we too can embark on lives of forgiveness, Love, and true freedom!




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