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Forgiving is for giving

From the May 2021 issue of The Christian Science Journal


God’s love is meteoric,
        his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
        his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
        nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
        slips through the cracks.

How exquisite your love, O God!
        How eager we are to run under
                        your wings.

This moving praise of God’s all-embracing love, a paraphrase of Psalms 36, verses 5–7, from Eugene Peterson’s The Message, captures the essence of spirituality: God is Love. The kingdom of heaven, as Christ Jesus taught it, has one key feature—love. There is only universal, omnipresent, continuous, supreme Love. And nothing proves that Love is universal and absolute as forgiveness does, because forgiveness is the direct effect of Love, God. It is Love in action.

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