Daily Inspiration

Understanding True Forgiveness

You do not understand forgiveness. …[Forgiveness as you perceive it] is not what God intended it to be for you.

Salvation is a better gift than this. And true forgiveness, as the means by which it is attained, must heal the mind that gives, for giving is receiving.

Give fifteen minutes twice today to the attempt to understand today’s idea [All that I give is given to myself]. It is the thought by which forgiveness takes its proper place in your priorities. It is the thought that will release your mind from every bar to what forgiveness means, and let you realize its worth to you.

In silence, close your eyes upon the world that does not understand forgiveness, and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by. Repeat today’s idea, and ask for help in understanding what it really means. Be willing to be taught. Be glad to hear the Voice of truth and healing speak to you, and you will understand the words He speaks, and recognize He speaks your words to you. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 126,W-pI.126.6:1,6;7:4-5;9;10. See also ACIM Lesson 126 Insights.)

The ego’s presence in our mind depends upon our belief that we are separate and alone and that what we give to an “other” no longer remains with us. This can only seem to be true in a dream world of separate forms.

But minds are joined and cannot be separate. They only seem separate in dreams of separation, which can never be true. If minds are joined, what is given remains with the giver, for it has not left the mind of the giver. Only thoughts that accept the reality of Love’s oneness can be joined. It is this fact that becomes clear as we accept the idea that giving and receiving are the same. Because they are, true forgiveness is justified.

This is why it is essential that we understand that all we give is given to ourselves. Because forms are unreal, giving a form has no effect in truth. True forgiveness is a thought in the mind that removes a barrier to Love. It frees our brother and ourselves simultaneously because the thought has not left the mind that gave it.

Today we will go to the quiet place within and ask for help to understand that all we give is given to our Self.

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