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Forgiveness Frees Us from Self-Imprisonment

Forgiveness represents your function here.

Only forgiveness can relieve the mind of thinking that the body is its home. Only forgiveness can restore the peace that God intended for His holy Son. Only for­giveness can persuade the Son to look again upon his holiness.

Therefore, hold no one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free. The way is simple. Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head. And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free. Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death. And so you owe him thanks instead of pain.

Be merciful today. The Son of God deserves your mercy. It is he who asks that you accept the way to freedom now. Deny him not. His Father’s Love for him belongs to you. Your function here on earth is only to forgive him, that you may accept him back as your Identity. He is as God created him. And you are what he is. Forgive him now his sins, and you will see that you are one with him. (A Course in Miracles Workbook Lesson 192, W-pI.192.2:3;5:5-7;9-10. See also ACIM Lesson 192 Insights.)

A central teaching of A Course in Miracles is the body is not our home. God is only Mind and therefore His extension is Mind. The body was made by the ego to imprison the mind, making it seem to be separate from the Mind of God.

We forgive our brother by seeing him with Christ’s vision, which looks past the body to his Identity as Love. Because Love is one, this vision frees us to see that we are also Love, at one with our brothers. Forgiveness is the way we let go of believing we are a body and accept our true Identity in God’s Love.

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T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

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