Wednesday Readings: Forgive Us Our Debts

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the May 25, 2011 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible

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

Matt. 6:9 Our (to ,)
Our Father which art in heaven,

Matt. 6:12 forgive
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

Matt. 9:35 Jesus
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 

Luke 15:11-14,17 (to 2nd ,),18-20,22 the,23-32
And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 

And when he came to himself, he said,

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 

the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.  And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.  

Luke 6:37 forgive
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Matt. 18:21-35
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.  #Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. 
Gen. 50:17 Forgive (to ;)
Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin;

Luke 7:36-48
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.  And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.  There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both.  Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 

Matt. 6:14 if
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 362:1-363:24
  It is related in the seventh chapter of Luke's Gospel that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike Simon the disciple.  While they were at meat, an unusual incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene of Oriental festivity.  A "strange woman" came in.  Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from such a place and such society, especially under the stern rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hindoo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has since been called) approached Jesus.  According to the custom of those days, he reclined on a couch with his head towards the table and his bare feet away from it.  It was therefore easy for the Magdalen to come behind the couch and reach his feet.  She bore an alabaster jar containing costly and fragrant oil,--sandal oil perhaps, which is in such common use in the East. Breaking the sealed jar, she perfumed Jesus' feet with the oil, wiping them with her long hair, which hung loosely about her shoulders, as was customary with women of her grade. 
  Did Jesus spurn the woman?  Did he repel her adoration?  No!  He regarded her compassionately.  Nor was this all.  Knowing what those around him were saying in their hearts, especially his host, --that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the exalted guest did not at once detect the woman's immoral status and bid her depart,--knowing this, Jesus rebuked them with a short story or parable.  He described two debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who were released from their obligations by their common creditor.  "Which of them will love him most?" was the Master's question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon replied, "He to whom he forgave most."  Jesus approved the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, following it with that remarkable declaration to the woman, "Thy sins are forgiven."
  Why did he thus summarize her debt to divine Love?

SH 363:25
Had she repented and reformed, and did his insight detect this unspoken moral uprising?  She bathed his feet with her tears before she anointed them with the oil.  In the absence of other proofs, was her grief sufficient evidence to warrant the expectation of her repentance, reformation, and growth in wisdom?  Certainly there was encouragement in the mere fact that she was showing her affection for a man of undoubted goodness and purity, who has since been rightfully regarded as the best man that ever trod this planet.  Her reverence was unfeigned, and it was manifested towards one who was soon, though they knew it not, to lay down his mortal existence in behalf of all sinners, that through his word and works they might be redeemed from sensuality and sin. 

SH 364:8-31
  Which was the higher tribute to such ineffable affection, the hospitality of the Pharisee or the contrition of the Magdalen?  This query Jesus answered by rebuking self-righteousness and declaring the absolution of the penitent.  He even said that this poor woman had done what his rich entertainer had neglected to do,--wash and anoint his guest's feet, a special sign of Oriental courtesy. 
  Here is suggested a solemn question, a question indicated by one of the needs of this age.  Do Christian Scientists seek Truth as Simon sought the Saviour, through material conservatism and for personal homage?  Jesus told Simon that such seekers as he gave small reward in return for the spiritual purgation which came through the Messiah.  If Christian Scientists are like Simon, then it must be said of them also that they ^love^ little. 
  On the other hand, do they show their regard for Truth, or Christ, by their genuine repentance, by their broken hearts, expressed by meekness and human affection, as did this woman?  If so, then it may be said of them, as Jesus said of the unwelcome visitor, that they indeed love much, because much is forgiven them.

SH 11:1 Jesus'
Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness.  When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."

SH 9:26-27 Do
Do you really desire to attain this point?

SH 9:30-32
If unwilling to follow his example, why pray with the lips that you may be partakers of his nature?

SH 5:22-23,27
  Prayer is not to be used as a confessional to cancel sin.  Such an error would impede true religion.

He grows worse who continues in sin because he fancies himself forgiven. 

SH 6:18
To suppose that God forgives or punishes sin according as His mercy is sought or unsought, is to misunderstand Love and to make prayer the safety-valve for wrong-doing. 

SH 5:23-25 Sin
Sin is forgiven only as it is destroyed by Christ,--Truth and Life.

339:1-2 The,3-4
The destruction of sin is the divine method of pardon.

Being destroyed, sin needs no other form of forgiveness.

497:9 We
We acknowledge God's forgiveness of sin in the destruction of sin and the spiritual understanding that casts out evil as unreal.  But the belief in sin is punished so long as the belief lasts. 

SH 291:1-5
  The suppositions that sin is pardoned while unforsaken, that happiness can be genuine in the midst of sin, that the so-called death of the body frees from sin, and that God's pardon is aught but the destruction of sin,--these are grave mistakes.

SH 575:14-16
Did not Jesus illustrate the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodigal?

5:3-6 (to .)
  Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step.  The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity, --namely, reformation.

SH 327:1
  Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind. 

SH 6:3-10
  Divine Love corrects and governs man.  Men may pardon, but this divine Principle alone reforms the sinner.  God is not separate from the wisdom He bestows.  The talents He gives we must improve.  Calling on Him to forgive our work badly done or left undone, implies the vain supposition that we have nothing to do but to ask pardon, and that afterwards we shall be free to repeat the offence.

SH 496:5
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself. 

SH 8:14-16 (to ;)
If we feel the aspiration, humility, gratitude, and love which our words express,--this God accepts;

SH 572:6-8
"Love one another" (I John, iii. 23), is the most simple and profound counsel of the inspired writer.

SH 147:29
A pure affection takes form in goodness, but Science alone reveals the divine Principle of goodness and demonstrates its rules. 

SH 57:22-24
  Human affection is not poured forth vainly, even though it meet no return.  Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it.

SH 192:27
  We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine metaphysics.  Christianity is the basis of true healing.  Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power. 

SH 16:8-11
Our Master said, "After this manner therefore pray ye," and then he gave that prayer which covers all human needs.

SH 17:6-7
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
  ^And Love is reflected in love;^ 

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