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Gratitude for the Truth in Our Brother

Your gratitude to your brother is the only gift I want. I will bring it to God for you, knowing that to know your brother is to know God. If you are grateful to your brother, you are grateful to God for what He created. Through your gratitude you come to know your brother, and one moment of real recognition makes everyone your brother [equally] because each of them is of your Father.

As you come closer to a brother you approach me, and as you withdraw from him I become distant to you. Salvation is a collaborative venture. It cannot be undertaken successfully by those who disengage themselves from the Sonship, because they are disengaging themselves from me. God will come to you only as you will give Him [perfect Love] to your brothers. Learn first of [perfect Love in] them and you will be ready to hear God. That is because the function of love is one. (A Course in Miracles,T-4.VI.7:2-5;8. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The body, which represents separation, is not what we are nor is it any brother. Being an illusion with no meaning of its own, it is not worthy of gratitude unless it is used in the service of Holy Spirit. To be grateful to our brother is to be grateful for the Truth in him, which is that he is God’s Love and nothing else. That is why gratitude for our brother is gratitude to God.

What we appreciate or value opens our mind to receive more of what we value. If we value illusions of separation, we seek more illusions. What we give value to seems to be real. Yet only God’s Creations are real. The illusions we make with the ego can never be real. This recognition is the key to remembering God. As we let the Holy Spirit teach us to see the Truth in our brother, our gratitude opens our hearts to receive God’s gifts. We remember Who we are in Truth.

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