“Beside you is one who offers you the chalice of Atonement, for the Holy Spirit is in him. Would you hold his sins against him, or accept his gift to you. Is this giver of salvation your friend or enemy? Choose which he is, remembering that you will receive of him according to your choice. He has in him the power to forgive your sin, as you for him.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-19.IV.D.13)
This quotation identifies the holy relationship: My brother (and sister) and I save each other. Would we see sin in the other? Then we see sin in ourselves. Would you judge another? Then we judge ourselves. Would we hate a little? Then we hate ourselves. It is a two-way street. What we give is what we receive. Always, without fail.
So our brother is actually the one who offers Atonement to us. He gives salvation in its ultimate to us, though God makes the decision about when. We can forgive “sins” of each other, though these sins are actually just mistakes.
Do not fear karma if the choices that our brother makes are, in our opinion, bad. We live in the age of grace, and a heartfelt forgiveness cancels out the karma. Karma is, after all, only cause and effect. And if the effect is canceled out, then the cause has been forgiven. Entirely.
This is hard to believe for some of us. We are so used to thinking that we will be punished for wrongdoing, and many feel that that punishment will boomerang from the deeds that we have done, the words that we have said, the thoughts that we have had.
It is not so. Forgiveness cancels out the error. When we forgive, we have canceled out the error in both ourselves and our brother. It is no more. The error is gone. Let this judgment of the Holy Spirit burrow deeply in our minds. And then we will have a healed mind, highly unlikely to repeat the mistake.
Once forgiven a mistake, we don’t want to repeat it.
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