“You who want peace can find it only by complete forgiveness. (T13)”
Affirmation: “complete forgiveness”
1 – Complete Forgiveness
This is a solemn statement, even a warning. We do find forgiveness too hard to offer in this ego-centered world!
2 – Deserve Forgiveness?
Perhaps we don’t know how to forgive. We may believe that the word or deed that someone did to us does not deserve forgiveness. Certainly a belief like this is a bitter problem for us when we try to come to understand forgiveness. We are actually denying ourselves forgiveness, of ourselves, and from others. Forgiveness is always deserved. The individual who perpetuated the word or deed against us has said to himself or herself that he/she was justified in what he/she did. We all justify our ways of treating others. Even the worst individual in our world would see himself/herself as a victim, free of blame. We have seen this in some world figures. Would there be any less among those of us who are unknown in the world?
3 – Peace
Complete forgiveness will offer peace. Forgiveness is not hard to give when we realize that the bad effects have not really happened at all in reality. And the perpetrator acted only in madness, in insanity, out of a mind controlled by ego. These two truths, taken together, will lead us easily to pardon our brother.
4 – We Receive Peace
And we receive peace for this! Can anyone choose another way when so much is held out to us?
When we are tempted today to hold something against our brother, help us to see, once again, that only in complete forgiveness is our salvation found.
May our brother know that we have forgiven him (or her).