ACIM Workbook Lesson 180 – for Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Affirmation: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“1. By grace I live. By grace I am released.
“2. There is no cruelty in God and none in me. (WB335)”
We continue the theme of grace today. We are justified in the sight of God. This is basically what grace means. May we accept this great blessing today.
We are not actually cruel people, even when we make bad mistakes. We can always ask for forgiveness of ourselves and other people, and we can be reconciled with God. No one does things that at the moment he/she perceives to be wrong, though he/ she may see the imperfection later on, and feel great remorse. Then we ask to have the mistakes corrected, and God will change us. An anecdote told by Norman Vincent Peale made this plain. An individual did not like his temper, which he had in extreme measure until he was 40 years old. One day, in great faith, he just asked God to release him from his and from that day, instead of flying into a great fit, he flew into a great calm. God had reached him; his faith had assured him that when he asked in line with God’s wishes, he would be answered. And he was.
Let us leave the illusion of cruelty behind today. We do not need to attack ourselves or our brothers and sisters. We do not have to seem cruel. The Higher Self is not cruel in the least. And that is what this sentence (“There is no cruelty in God and none in me”) really means.
Thank You for the assurance that the mistakes that I have made, and continue to make, do not mean that I am being cruel. Teach me how to immediately rectify the mistakes that I make. Help me not to harm myself nor any of my brothers and sisters. Let me be aware of Your presence today so that I do not falter in my resolution to be tolerant and loving.
Be with me today. May I have that “felt presence of Being” that I have read about. Be with me to feel You today.