Part 2:2 WHAT IS SALVATION
Lesson 234 Father, Today I Am Your Son Again.
- Today we will anticipate the time when dreams of sin and guilt are gone, and we have reached the holy peace we never left. Merely a tiny instant has elapsed between eternity and timelessness. So brief the interval there was no lapse in continuity, nor break in thoughts which are forever unified as one. Nothing has ever happened to disturb the peace of God the Father and the Son. This we accept as wholly true today.
- We thank You, Father, that we cannot lose the memory of You and of Your Love. We recognize our safety and give thanks for all the gifts You have bestowed on us, for all the loving help we have received, for Your eternal patience, and the Word which You have given us that we are saved.
Meditation for Lesson 234
When we were enjoying our nightly soak in the hot tub last night, I mentioned to James how his love had prepared my heart for God’s love. He said thank you, and then asked me what I could possibly mean by saying that. “It’s your love and devotion, the way you put me first and foremost” – I told him. “Things may not have been perfect for us, but your love taught me about God’s love. How to relax into it and not be suspicious and untrusting of it. The more I learned to trust you and your love for me,” I told him, “the more I came to know that you not only deserved my love and trust, but that you were one with me and I was one with you.”
We make mistakes, we forgive. We do not walk out on each other. We do not make up nasty stories about each other in our head and if we do, we refuse to believe them. We made a commitment, and we stay committed – for this is the only way we can build something that has any meaning. And even though James calls me the boss and I have been accused of being somewhat of a tyrant and always getting my own way – we both know that we share an equal give and take.
When I learned to put down my defenses against God, to forgive all the ones who had led me down wrong, fearful paths and found God as my Loving Father – I not only accepted God’s love and devotion but realized how love and devotion are only found in holy relationship. In holy relationship there is mutuality, giving and receiving are one, one moment builds upon each moment before, extending into an expanding space of peace, love, joy and the certainty of forever. There is no turning back, there is no changing one’s mind, there is no building cases and holding grudges, or expecting God to bend to our ego. We become one mind, with one unchanging stance – the goodwill of God’s Will. When we have goodwill in our hearts toward others, we would not dream of hurting them. Dreams of sin and guilt are gone! There is peace. There is a sense of eternity.
Ask God to give you holy relationships in your life. Holy relationships are reflections of God’s Love. Holy relationships are divine. They build and do not tear down. They are based upon mutuality and unity. They lift energy; they never drain. Holy relationships are honest relationships – they are not based on lies, distrust, or usury. When James sees something unholy in me, he tells me about it. There is no defense before the truth, he can count on me to accept what he teaches, because I have learned to depend upon him to be my mirror. He is not out to make me feel bad. He is not out to congratulate my shortcomings or make excuses for my mistakes. He is not out to take something away from me. He is there to increase my purity, my godliness, my vision in Christ – just as I am for him. When we see the ego creeping back into our relationship, making it special, turning it the least bit unholy and untrue, souring our love – it is our responsibility to God and to each other to identify it, to bring it to the altar of truth, to bid it a firm farewell and watch it disappear. We do not have to talk about, think about it, or bring it up again except for illustration.
Today let our holy relationships remind of us God’s Love. It is in these holy unions – the Brotherhood of Christ, the Sonship of God that we bless and are blessed, where all that is uplifting prospers and thrives; all that is against us is bid a firm goodbye and melts away.
Nothing in time disturbs the peace of God the Father and the Son. This is what we must accept as wholly true today. We believe in and recognize our eternal security because God does not abandon His Creation. We accept His grace today. We thank Him for our salvation from the nothingness we have made in the flesh, we so appreciate the love and help He continues to extend to us while we pass through time.
Today we take our quiet moments and meditate upon the holy peace we never left. It is found simply in our ability to shut our eyes to the false and open our eyes to reality – we are one with God the Father and His Son. Today we accept this as wholly true.
 A Course in Miracle. Workbook for Students. Lesson 234. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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