How successful are you at defending yourself from suffering for other people’s sins?
For instance, if a co-worker gets mad about an issue at work, do you keep your normal cheery attitude intact? Or if a family member is sulking are you able to still see all the good at home to be grateful for and to acknowledge? Or if fear of contagion is sweeping through your neighborhood, do you stay clear that the presence of divine Love can neutralize that contagion and preserve your health?
Sin brings suffering and it’s wise to protect one’s thought from it to avoid its bad effect.
If a friend gets mad, we don’t have to get mad. If a family member fills with resentment, we don’t have to get upset. If a spouse says something careless, we don’t have to get angry.
We don’t have to sin just because our neighbor is sinning.
We can stay above and beyond it. We can respond with Truth and Love that improves the state of thought we are facing and keeps our thought in a good place too.
It’s wise to not sympathize with a neighbor’s state of mind when it’s not a healthy state of mind. Anger, resentment, selfishness, self-pity, greed, dishonesty, envy, malicious gossip, disease-promotion, fear, and so on, are all sinful states of mortal mind. They are not desirable!
So, stick to the good and the true. Stay faithful to what is in your best interest. Return love for hate, patience for impatience, understanding for ignorance, compassion for callousness. Be a healer, not a sponge.
You don’t need to suffer for other people’s sins.
“It is error to suffer for aught but your own sins” Science and Health, p. 391.