ACIM Workbook Lesson 343 – for Friday, December 9, 2011
“The mercy and the peace of God are free. Salvation has no cost. It is a gift that must be freely given and received. And it is this that we would learn today. (WB475)”
1 – No Sacrifices Asked of Us
A Course in Miracles never asks sacrifices of us. This truth would go a long way toward reassuring us that our God is a loving God, never a punishing one. God’s goals for us are free gifts; we do not have to earn His mercy and His peace. These free gifts are freely give, without any cost to anyone.
2 – ACIM Salvation in Relationships
The history of many religions, including Christianity, are based on the idea of sacrifices. We would be led to understand by ACIM that this is not the way for us. Our way is found in the forgiveness that transforms our special relationships into holy ones. Our salvation is found in relationship, in the relationship to our brother/sister.
3 – We All Have Many Relationships
We may think that we have no single significant other, and thus the way of ACIM is closed to us. But this would be a misreading. We have relationships of various duration with everyone who peoples our world–from the stranger that we meet in the elevator, to the child who accidentally runs into our pathway. There are no accidents in salvation, according to ACIM. All who are intended to meet, will meet; and when the ending seems premature, we can know that we will meet again. It is the goal of every special relationship to become holy, especially those relationships that are most problematic to us. The lesson can be learned when we recognize the same degree of readiness in ourselves and our closest associates. We may not recognize that the balance is perfect, but if it is and we learn the lesson, we can help to transform others (from the Manual).
4 – Salvation Is A Gift
So let us learn the lesson for today, that salvation is a gift to be freely given and received. And then let us thank God that this is so.
I would take some moments today to reaffirm the primacy of my relationships in my religion. A Course in Miracles teaches that this is the way home, this forgiveness of each other. When we focus on those closest to us, we are speeding up our way back to You. I would ask for a celestial speed-up today.
Be with me as I seek to be loving and kind, forgiving and peaceful. Today is not a day to lose my temper and to attack. Your way is different, and as long as I keep the stress in my day low, it is likely that I will walk the way that You choose for me. I never get angry unless I am stressed. And I would ask that this personal characteristic not interfere with my pathway and my relationships today. Help me to remain at ease in Your world. And may I extend my peace and Your peace to all whom I meet.