More on forgiveness
May 6, 2012
You often hear forgive and forget in the same sentence. And truly, the ultimate forgiveness is to forget the offence so thoroughly that it’s as if it never occurred. Completely erased. What a wonderful remedy! To so understand that the real history of you and someone else – anyone else – doesn’t include anything but good. It may be the work of a lifetime to prove that, but what awesome work it will be! And it blesses universally and impartially as well.
And while you’re at it, once you’ve forgiven, it helps to know what forgetting is NOT. It’s not ignoring the issue – it’s letting it go. It’s not wondering if it will recur – it’s knowing it had no beginning. It’s not fearing it will be perpetual – it’s simply moving on.
There’s a good dose of the Golden Rule in forgiving and forgetting – isn’t that what you hope someone else would do for you? In fact, the whole Sermon on the Mount (see Matt 5 to 7) is pretty much all about forgive, forget, expunge.
To actually live the Sermon on the Mount is to have such a complete trust in the power of good, the presence of Love itself, that no one and no thing can hurt you. Ever. Not because you’re armored behind callous distance, but because you’re safe in the panoply of Love (see Science and Health page 571).
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.