Reading for Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 17.2.2016 (English)

 

Inspiration for the Reading: The Lord’s Prayer, with its spiritual interpretation from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy:

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And Love is reflected in love;”

 

The Bible

 

Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

25 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.

26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

28 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.

29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

32 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:

33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

 

Romans 12:14, 16, 17 (to 1st .), 21

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.


 

Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy

 

17:6-7

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

    And Love is reflected in love;

 

23:1-2

Wisdom and Love may require many sacrifices of self to save us from sin.

 

10:31

Do you ask wisdom to be merciful and not to punish sin? Then "ye ask amiss." Without punishment, sin would multiply. Jesus' prayer, "Forgive us our debts," specified also the terms of forgiveness. When forgiving the adulterous woman he said, "Go, and sin no more."

 

22:3, 20

    Vibrating like a pendulum between sin and the hope of forgiveness, — selfishness and sensuality causing constant retrogression, — our moral progress will be slow. Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.

 

Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.

 

201:17-2

    The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour is in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no other basis.

    Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing that sin can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as

straining out gnats and swallowing camels.

 

202:3

    The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be universally done.

 

467:9

It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.

Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established. Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.

 

21:1-5

If Truth is overcoming error in your daily walk and conversation, you can finally say, "I have fought a good fight . . . I have kept the faith," because you are a better man. This is having our part in the at-one-ment with Truth and Love.