Part II:1 WHAT IS FORGIVENESS?
Lesson 225 God is My Father, and His Son Loves Him.
- Father, I must return Your Love for me, for giving and receiving are the same, and You have given all Your Love to me. I must return it, for I want it mine in full awareness, blazing in my mind and keeping it within its kindly light, inviolate, beloved, with fear behind and only peace ahead. How still the way Your loving Son is led along to You!
- Brother, we find that stillness now. The way is open. Now we follow it in peace together. You have reached your hand to me, and I will never leave you. We are one, and it is but this oneness that we seek, as we accomplish these few final steps which end a journey that was not begun. 
Notes and Personal Application: We love God because He first loved us. We were made in love and by love and for love. Is it any wonder that we suffer so much in a world that talks about love, sings about love, makes so much of love, and yet has no idea what it really is?
Jesus teaches us that giving and receiving are the same. It does not seem that way in our world. If we text someone and they do not respond to our text, we feel as if we gave something and did not receive anything back. It feels like a threat or at the very least a sadness, a disappointment. No response is a clear message that says – I do not care about you enough to respond to your effort at communication. If it happens only once, if it happens only once in a great while, we are willing to overlook it – technology fails us, people get busy and forget, perhaps our message got erased or lost in the flush of others. Otherwise this seemingly slight discourtesy can cause trouble in even solid relationships.
In God’s Kingdom the only way to receive what is already yours is to give. In God’s Kingdom it is impossible to receive without first giving; it is impossible to give without first receiving. It is natural, it is simultaneous, spontaneous, and certain. When God gives us His Love, He knows that we can do nothing but give it back – it is a continual virtuous cycle of giving to receive, receiving to give. As long as we live in a realm of separation, our minds are uneasy waiting to receive before we can give, waiting to see who we can trust to play fair, to repay what they receive. Here in time the love of God is experienced as alien to our natures and our wills can resist loving Him in return. When we begin to lay down our defenses, we see how worthless our efforts to seek anything but God, because we recognize the value of His great love and devotion to us. We recognize who we really are in relation to Him and to each other. We can do nothing but love Him.
How do we love God? We love Him by seeking Him. We love Him by stilling our minds and hearts and asking Him to talk to us, to lead us back to Him, to return our minds and hearts to His Kingdom where we are one now and forever with Him as His Son. Jesus assures us in this lesson that the way to God is open and that we follow the way hand-in-hand with Him. We are delivered from the enchantment of separation, illusion, and despair. Today let His peace quiet your mind and calm your spirit. Today we walk with Jesus on the path to our reality in God.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 225. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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