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God’s Strength and Love Help Us Forgive

God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear.

…spend a minute or two in searching your mind for those whom you have not forgiven. It does not matter “how much” you have not forgiven them. You have forgiven them entirely or not at all.

At any time during the day when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to anyone, present or not… tell him silently:

God is the Love in which I forgive you. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 46, W-pI.46.1-2;3:3-5;7:3-5. See also ACIM Lesson 46 Insights.)

A negative reaction in any situation is a sure sign that we need to forgive. The strength and Love we need to forgive is already in us because God is in us. We are eternally in the Mind of God, for we cannot leave our Source.

The presence of fear or lack of peace comes from the belief that we have left our Source. But we, the Son of God, are His Creation, His extensions of Love, and what God Creates is eternal. Only a false belief, an illusion, makes us unaware of the presence of God in us.

Today we choose to monitor our thoughts. If we notice disturbance to our peace, we will call upon the strength and Love of God in us to help us forgive the appearance of fear. His strength supports us in seeing through illusions to the changeless Love that is our Reality. His Help will remind us that God is the Love in which we forgive and will set us free to be the Love He created us to be.

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