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Lesson 224 “God is my Father, and He loves His Son.” (Part II (1) What Is Forgiveness?)

August 12

Lesson 224    “God is my Father, and He loves His Son.” 

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W 224 L 1.         My true identity is so secure, so lofty, sinless, glorious and great, wholly beneficent and free from guilt, that Heaven looks to It to give it light.  It lights the world as well.  It is the gift my Father gave me, and the one as well I give the world.  There is no gift but This that can be either given or received.  This is reality, and only This.  This is illusion's end.  It is the Truth.

W 224 L 2.          “My Name, oh Father, still is known to You.  I have forgotten it, and do not know where I am going, who I am, or what it is I do.  Remind me, Father, now, for I am weary of the world I see.  Reveal what You would have me see instead.”W(467)

(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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