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Accepting the Joy God Wills for Us

Happiness is an attribute of love. ²It cannot be apart from it. ³Nor can it be experienced where love is not. ⁴Love has no limits, being everywhere. ⁵And therefore joy is everywhere as well. ⁶Yet can the mind deny that this is so, believing there are gaps in love where sin can enter, bringing pain instead of joy. ⁷This strange belief would limit happiness by redefining love as limited, and introducing opposition in what has no limit and no opposite.

Fear is associated then with love, and its results become the heritage of minds that think what they have made is real. ²These images, with no reality in truth, bear witness to the fear of God, forgetting being Love, He must be joy. ³This basic error we will try again to bring to truth today, and teach ourselves:

⁴God, being Love, is also happiness.
⁵To fear Him is to be afraid of joy.

…happiness belongs to you, because of what He is.

Allow this one correction to be placed within your mind each waking hour today. ²Then welcome all the happiness it brings as truth replaces fear, and joy becomes what you expect to take the place of pain. ³God, being Love, it will be given you. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 103, W-103.1:1–2:5,7;3:1-3. See also ACIM Lesson 103 Insights.)

It is not a sacrifice to experience joy instead of the loneliness, vulnerability and lack of love we experience in the ego’s dream. Yet the ego tries to convince us that accepting God’s gifts requires sacrifice so we must fear God. The only thing we must “sacrifice” is the illusion of a special, separate identity the ego tries to convince us is what we are. This substitute identity makes us unaware of our true Identity which shares God’s joy, peace and Love. It is the that ego demands sacrifice to maintain its illusion of separation. God freely gives all of Himself without limit to maintain His Son’s unity with Himself.

Today we remind ourselves that God’s gift of perfect happiness is ours now. Today we join with all our brothers in the joy of being God’s Son.

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