“The Bible says that you should go with a brother twice as far as he asks. It certainly does not suggest that you set him back on his journey. Devotion to a brother cannot set you back either. (T52)”
Affirmation: “Devotion to a brother cannot set me back”
A “brother” in A Course in Miracles always includes brothers and sisters, and it means a companion, another person in this world who needs our compassion. (The Course was scribed in the sixties, and inclusive gender language had not yet become inherent in our writing.)
It is important to note here that we are to follow the biblical injunction of going the distance with our brother. We are to go the extra mile. But we are not encouraged to send our brother searching alone for his (or her) pathway; we are to help him in the best way that we know how. This best way may not always be apparent. Sometimes we can help best by stepping back, and only smiling at him (or her); this is stated elsewhere in the Course. We are bade to pay attention to what our brother is ready for. And this may not be readily apparent, and so we need to think carefully before we act.
Also important to this passage is the fact that our devotion to our brother cannot cause us to lose ground. Our pathway, according to the Course, is found in our devotion to our brother, rather than through long periods of contemplation. Our way, according to the Course, is forgiveness, which leads to love, of our brother. Forgiveness of our brother will lead us to Awakening. So will contemplation, though Jesus states that this other way can be tedious, and we are encouraged to follow our way, which the Course spells out in abundant detail.
May I be the best companion to my brother. This will mean that I am there for him when he needs me. I will walk along the pathway with him.
May I recognize that devotion to my brother cannot cause me to lose ground in the quest for salvation. Devotion to my brother is the way spelled out in the Course. Thank you for these words of encouragement and advice.