“‘Lead us not into temptation’ means ‘Recognize your errors and choose to abandon them by following my guidance.’ (T9)”
Affirmation: “I would abandon my errors today.”
1 – Jesus’s Words
This is Jesus’s interpretation, for students/teachers of A Course in Miracles, of a biblical statement attributed to him. Perhaps the interpretation has always been in place, but now the world is ready to hear it through ACIM. We may see herein that the temptation to go against the guidance of Jesus, or the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is a choice that will slow us down. We need to be flexible, to find the affirmations that will keep us from rebelliously avoiding guidance because we are still so strong-willed. My personal favorite, which is very secular, is simply, “Be flexible.” This talks to my ego in a way that undoes it, and it uses secular language that will not cause temptation to overcome me.
2 – We Do Not Sin in Eternity / We Make Mistakes in Time
Elsewhere the Course makes clear that we do not sin in eternity (we are still innocent, because we are caught in illusions), but we do make mistakes. And if we recognize mistakes, we will move quickly to correct them. Calling a mistake a “sin,” though, is highly attracting, in a perverse sort of way. We will sometimes choose to sin again and again; changing the concept to that of a “mistake” eliminates the attraction at its core. Who would repeat mistakes that, with Jesus’s guidance, are very easily corrected? At one point in ACIM, we are told that we have “sinned” in time, but that time does not really exist. Eternity is on the valid concept that is close to time, but not the same.
3 – How Do We Recognize Our Errors?
We need to recognize when we have made errors, though. This is not always easy, because our conscience may have damaged areas in it. We may be led astray, having rationalized poor thinking and behavior in ourselves many times previously. This is the time to return to A Course in Miracles, and to ask humbly for guidance to see anew. This guidance will lead us along more positive lines, and we will leave behind the erroneous thoughts and misdeeds of the past.
Sometimes when my emotions are especially strong, I am sure that I have great difficulty in discerning Your guidance. My emotions, sometimes ruled by my ego, interfere with my intuition, my discerning of Your way.
I would not have it thus today. I would stop, calm myself, and then ask quietly and peacefully, “What would You have me do?” I pray that this is enough. Please guide me even when my thinking is muddled by overwrought emotions. When stress is heavy, we often cannot discern in peace. Be with me especially at such times. I know that my good intentions are not enough, but I pray that when times are hard, You will always remember me–even when I forget You.