Return and Live
by Florence Roberts
To anyone who feels in bondage from the false picturing of an unforgivable sin and is overcome with guilt and self-condemnation, take a look at this comforting assurance we have from Ezekiel 18:23.
“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” (Emphasis added) Furthermore Mrs. Eddy alerts us to what we have in store for each one of us. She says: “What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.” (Mis. p. 307)
We have an everlastingly LOVING Parent, forever waiting for us to return from our ways in order to have all the good that awaits us. We leave something so precious behind when we waste time fearfully indulging the lies, feeling we know what to do and will find our way; when there is only ONE WAY, which is for us to give up “our way,” come back to find God, and humbly follow His directions.
If anything appears to be hindering our journey back, we can know it is a temporary mortal mind claim. It may present itself as pride, some lie that you are unworthy, it may accuse you that you did some unforgivable thing, it can aggressively argue that you cannot give up a habit, a false attraction, a false pleasure, it can insist on a physical claim as having a real origin, keep you afraid of it and make you rehearse the time, the how and when, etc.
If God is LOVE alone, and He is TRUTH, then anything unlovable cannot be true; therefore it is unreal and certainly something we can and must reject and return to what is real. There is no condemnation and no everlasting punishment. Let us return then to Love and live, since Love alone is Life!