“[The Word of God] is denied if you attack any brother for anything. For it is here the split with God occurs. A split that is impossible. A split that cannot happen. Yet a split in which you surely will believe, because you have set up a situation that is impossible. And in this situation the impossible can seem to happen. It seems to happen at the ‘sacrifice’ of truth. (M-13.7)”
1 – Sword over our Heads
We are told elsewhere in A Course in Miracles that when we are tempted to be angry (and to attack), it is as though we hold a sword over our heads. And it will fall or be averted as we choose to ask for peace and turn aside from the reverse, the anger and attack.
2 – We Are Human
We are human, and we have human frailties. We will still, sometimes, get angry.
3 – Insanity
If we can, when tempted by anger, to assert that what we are being baited with is just insanity, we will easily (sometimes easily) turn aside. And what we are viewing is insanity, but it is also a call for help and for love. The Holy Spirit will teach us this, if we will let Him. And nobody responds to a call for help with anger. A call for help is a piteous call, and deserves our sympathy.
4 – Our World Will Smooth Out
If we do well with these ideas, our world will smooth out. It is when we attack in response that the trouble starts, for we have set up a situation in which baiting happens between ourselves, and our brothers and sisters.
5 – Do Not Respond to a Bait
We would respond to no bait today.
If we believe in the split or separation from God only when we are in attack mode, then it does behoove us to get out of that mode. Forgive me if irritation arises today, or if a significant other tempts me to attack, or if I am just in a bad mood and feel like venting. None of this is in Your Will, and I would live Your Will, though I am human and will always make mistakes that You can lead me to correct.
Be with me to stay in harmony and calm–and joy!–today. If the individuals I see are having a bad day, help me to stay serene and to do what I can to make that day better. My own attack, added to theirs, would lead us all down the thorns of the egoistic pathway. Nobody needs that.
Be with me as this day plays out. Help me to get enough rest so that I am not as likely to fall into poor ways of behaving. Keep me in Your care, and lead me to the sure pathway that is happiness in You.