When you haven’t forgiven those who’ve hurt you, you turn your back against your future. When you do forgive, you start walking forward.
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“Be a good Samaritan to yourself”
From the April 27, 1974 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Sometimes in human life we make regrettable mistakes. Still, there is bound to be a blessing if we are willing to learn from the experience. The Christ, Truth, reveals this blessing to our purified consciousness. By lifting our thought to God, good, turning from the seeming discord to the truth that man is always in the presence of God, expressing the joy and confidence that are our spiritual heritage, we shall find unerring guidance for every aspect of our human experience. That we have made mistakes in the past is no reason for our not going forward today, assured of the Father’s loving care. The harmony of Life is never interrupted by human mistakes.
Mrs. Eddy writes, “Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept.”4 The perfect concept unfolds to our thought as we yield to the Christ, Truth, in understanding the spiritual meaning of patience and exercise it in our attitude toward ourselves and others, in our loving concern for the whole world.
“Be a good Samaritan to yourself” means also: Be patient with yourself. Pray for yourself. Bind up your own wounds. Regard yourself compassionately. Forgive yourself. And if nobody else does it, give yourself from time to time a well-deserved pat on the back. Expectancy of good, knowing that there is but one power, the all-power of God, places us directly under the control of divine wisdom. Thus we will gain the victory over every adverse situation and receive the divine blessing: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”5