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II.  What is Forgiveness?

SECTION 14. What am I?

Lesson 357 Truth answers every call we make to God, responding first with miracles, and then returning unto us to be itself.

  1. Forgiveness, truth’s reflection, tells me how to offer miracles, and thus escape the prison house in which I think I live.  Your holy Son is pointed out to me, first in my brother, then in me.  Your Voice instructs me patiently to hear Your Word and give as I receive.  And as I look upon Your Son today, I hear Your Voice instructing me to find the way to You, as You appointed that the way shall be:

“Behold his sinlessness, and be you healed.”[1]

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When we respond to the Sonship with forgiveness, we are reflecting truth.  This truth is the miracle we offer.  This is the miracle we give to one another:  We make mistakes, my brother, but we do not sin.  I will forgive your mistakes my brother, for I have need of you to forgive mine.  You and I, together and apart, have mistakenly identified with that which would lift itself against God.  Hence, we have jailed ourselves in a hellish dream of sin, shame, and guilt. 

This time together in our study has made our Sonship real in our hearts and minds – when we see the Son of God in one another, we see the Son of God in ourselves.  In this holy perception, we are healed of all that would obscure our brotherhood, unity, and wholeness.  In this holy perception we seek the truth and our call is answered.  The miracle is our seeking and our call.  The very act of seeking and calling changes our perception; the truth of who and what we are returns to our awareness.  Never again can we make the mistake of thinking we are bodies, egos, doomed to hatred, violence, war, and death. 

When I behold you sinless, I am healed; when you behold me sinless, you are healed.  We put down judgment and condemnation; we embrace one another in the everlasting, holy instant that sets us free.  Our call to God, the miracle, is always followed by faith and trust, joy and peace, health and wholeness.  Unity is restored.  No longer splintered or shattered, in oneness we are as certain as God.

In these two days before we wake to celebrate the birth of Christ, let His truth return to our awareness, reminding one another of who we are in Christ – the perfect Sons of God. 

[1] A Course in Miracles, Workbook for Students, Lesson 357 Truth answers every call…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 483.