1. What can it be but arrogance to think your little errors cannot be undone by Heaven’s justice? And what could this mean except that they are sins and not mistakes, forever uncorrectable, and to be met with vengeance, not with justice? Are you willing to be released from all effects of sin? You cannot answer this until you see all that the answer must entail. For if you answer “yes” it means you will forego all values of this world in favor of the peace of Heaven. Not one sin, would you retain. And not one doubt that this is possible will you hold dear that sin be kept in place. You mean that truth has greater value now than all illusions. And you recognize that truth must be revealed to you, because you know not what it is.
2. To give reluctantly is not to gain the gift, because you are reluctant to accept it. It is saved for you until reluctance to receive it disappears, and you are willing it be given you. God’s justice warrants gratitude, not fear. Nothing you give is lost to you or anyone, but cherished and preserved in heaven, where all of the treasures given to God’s Son are kept for him and offered anyone who but holds out his hand in willingness they be received. Nor is the treasure less as it is given out. Each gift but adds to the supply. For God is fair. He does not fight against His Son’s reluctance to perceive salvation as a gift from Him. Yet would His justice not be satisfied until it is received by everyone.
3. Be certain any answer to a problem the Holy Spirit solves will always be one in which no one loses. And this must be true because He asks no sacrifice of anyone. An answer which demands the slightest loss to anyone has not resolved the problem, but has added to it and made it greater, harder to resolve, and more unfair. It is impossible the Holy Spirit could see unfairness as a resolution. To him, what is unfair must be corrected because it is unfair. And every error is a perception in which one, at least, is seen unfairly. Thus is justice not accorded to the Son of God. When anyone is seen as losing, he has been condemned, and punishment becomes his due instead of justice.
4. The sight of innocence makes punishment impossible, and just as sure. The Holy Spirit’s perception leaves no ground for an attack. Only a loss could justify attack, and loss of any kind He cannot see. The world solves problems in another way. It sees a resolution as a state in which it is decided who shall win and who shall lose; how much the one shall take, and how much the loser still defend. Yet does the problem still remain unsolved, for only justice can set up a state in which there is no loser, no one left unfairly treated and deprived, and thus with grounds for vengeance. Problem solving cannot be vengeance, which at best can bring another problem added to the first, in which the murder is not obvious.
5. The Holy Spirit’s problem solving is the way in which the problem ends. It has been solved because it has been met with justice. Until it has it will recur because it has not yet been solved. The principle that justice means no one can lose is crucial to this course. For miracles depend on justice. Not as it is seen through this world’s eyes, but as God knows it and as knowledge is reflected in the sight the Holy Spirit gives.
6. No one deserves to lose. And what would be unjust to him cannot occur. Healing must be for everyone because he does not merit an attack of any kind. What order can there be in miracles unless someone deserves to suffer more and others less? And is this justice to the wholly innocent? A miracle is justice. It is not a special gift to some, to be withheld from others as less worthy, more condemned, and thus apart from healing. Who is there who can be separate from salvation, if its purpose is the end of specialness? Where is salvation’s justice if some errors are unforgivable and warrant vengeance in place of healing and return of peace?
7. Salvation cannot seek to help God’s Son be more unfair than he has sought to be. If miracles, the Holy Spirit’s gift, were given specially to an elect and special group, and kept apart from others as less deserving, then is He an ally to specialness. What He cannot perceive He bears no witness to. And everyone is equally entitled to His gift of healing and deliverance and peace. To give a problem to the Holy Spirit to solve for you means that you want it solved. To keep it for yourself to solve without His help is to decide it should remain unsettled, unresolved, and lasting in its power of injustice and attack. No one can be unjust to you unless you have decided first to be unjust. And then must problems rise to block your way, and peace be scattered by the winds of hate.
8. Unless you think that all your brothers have an equal right to miracles with you, you will not claim your right to them because you were unjust to one with equal rights. Seek to deny and you will feel denied. Seek to deprive, and you have been deprived. A miracle can never be received because another could receive it not. Only forgiveness offers miracles. And pardon must be to everyone.
9. The little problems that you keep and hide become your secret sins, because you did not choose to let them be removed for you. And so they gather dust and grow, until they cover everything that you perceive and leave you fair to no one. Not one right do you believe you have. And bitterness, with vengeance justified and mercy lost, condemns you as unworthy of forgiveness. The unforgiven have no mercy to bestow upon another. That is why your sole responsibility must be to take forgiveness for yourself.
10. The miracle that you receive, you give. Each one becomes an illustration of the law on which salvation rests; that justice must be done to all if anyone is to be healed. No one can lose, and everyone must benefit. Each miracle is an example of what justice can accomplish when it is offered to everyone alike. It is received and given equally. It is awareness that giving and receiving are the same. Because it does not make the same unlike, it sees no difference for none exists. And thus it is the same for everyone because it sees no differences in them. Its offering is universal, and it teaches but one message:
What is God’s belongs to everyone and is his due.
So here we are at the end of the chapter on the justice of God. I hope that you have been enriched by this devotional text as I have been. We find that God’s justice is the Father welcoming home His Son. We find that there are no favorites, there are none that can point accusing fingers of condemnation and bar any part of Creation from the gates of Heaven. There is no specialness in Heaven for we are all created equally in the Spirit and are equally entitled to the Kingdom we call Home.
God’s justice is one of teaching us forgiveness, for as we forgive our brothers their trespasses, we are forgiven ours. To withhold mercy and forgiveness from anyone else for any reason is to deny God’s mercy and to stay bound in the perceptual world of time and space.
In your personal devotional practice today read each paragraph paying particular attention to sentences five and six in paragraph nine where it says: “The unforgiven have no mercy to bestow upon another. That is why your sole responsibility must be to take forgiveness for yourself.” This leapt out at me today and kept coming back to my mind as I went about my daily chores. I could recall several instances in my day-to-day interactions with others in which I could see no mercy, forgiveness, or loving response to the issues that come up between people. We must not wait around for others to take the first step in offering forgiveness for unless someone is listening to their inner Holiness, they do not know what it is and are afraid of showing mercy. In the flesh, showing mercy and believing the best about others, forgiving mistakes, and taking the sting out of reproach is a sign of weakness, a welcome mat for being taken advantage of, a source of mockery and scorn.
Showing mercy and offering forgiveness simply means we consciously choose to overlook all the mistakes of humanity – those which loom large and those which seem petty and trite. We simply chock them all up to the illusion of enmity between us and God. In this state of mind I do not look at you and see a liberal or a conservative, I see a brother and a friend. I do not define you by the color of your skin or your gender or sexual orientation. Your religion and country of origin cannot separate us from our love for each other, for in Christ we are and ever will be one. You can only see this, and I can only see this when we accept forgiveness for ourselves, and then have this glorious gift to offer each other. Otherwise we will go on seeing ourselves as divided and respond and react to one another accordingly. This is not justice, and this is not love.
We take forgiveness for ourselves by accepting Christ who restores our sense of Sonship and entitlement to our consciousness. We can no longer identify with humanity when we accept Sonship. Instead we look upon ourselves and the lives we have led and are still leading in the flesh as God looks upon us – with kindness, compassion, tender mercy, and love. This is a process, and the justice of God is not looking to punish us or humiliate us, the justice of God calls to us to awaken from our stupor, shake off our bondage to flesh and ego, and accept our beautiful Sonship in Him. When we accept this for ourselves we are in a powerful position to offer it to everyone we know. Quietly and without making a big show of ourselves, we forgive each other’s foibles, we show mercy by giving our hurt feelings, our wounded pride, and the sorrow caused by loss and dismay to our Holiness which will show us the meaninglessness of all that we would cherish and hold against each other. We commit each day to our practice of holding nothing but the tender viewpoint toward ourselves and one another. For God’s justice is one of love and calls to everybody to come Home.
 A Course in Miracles. Chapter 25 The justice of God. IX The justice of heaven. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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