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ACIM Workbook LESSON 223 "God is my life. I have no life but His." (Part II (1) What Is Forgiveness?)

August 11

Lesson 223    “God is my life.  I have no life but His.” 

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W 223 L 1.         I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity which moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body.  Now I know my life is God's, I have no other home, and I do not exist apart from Him.  He has no Thoughts that are not part of me, and I have none but Those which are of Him.

W 223 L 2.         “Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes.  For we who are Your holy Son,[642] are sinless.  We would look upon our sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that we are not Your Son.  And we would not forget You longer.  We are lonely here, and long for Heaven where we are at home.  Today we would return.  Our name is Yours, and we acknowledge that we are Your Son.” W(466)


(1) What is forgiveness?

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W 220 W1 1.      Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred.  It does not pardon sins and make them real.  It sees there was no sin.  And in this view are all your sins forgiven.  What is sin except a false idea about God's Son?  Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go.  What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God.

W 220 W1 2.      An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt, although it is untrue.  The mind is closed, and will not be released.  The thought protects projection, tightening its chains, so that distortions are more veiled and more obscure; less easily accessible to doubt, and further kept from reason.  What can come between a fixed projection and the aim that it has chosen as its needed[638] goal?

W 220 W1 3.      An unforgiving thought does many things.  In frantic action it pursues its goal, twisting and overturning what it sees as interfering with its chosen path.  Distortion is its purpose and the means by which it would accomplish it as well.  It sets about its furious attempts to smash reality without concern for anything that would appear to pose a contradiction to its point of view.

W 220 W1 4.      Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing.  It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearance[639] that it likes.  It merely looks and waits and judges not.  He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive.  But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.

W 220 W1 5.      Do nothing, then, and let forgiveness show you what to do through Him Who is your Guide, your Savior and Defender,[640]strong in hope and certain of your ultimate success.  He has forgiven you already, for such is His function, given Him by God.  Now must you share His function, and forgive whom He has saved, whose sinlessness He sees, and whom He honors as the Son of God. W(463)


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