“Heaven is the gift you owe your brother, the debt of gratitude you offer to the Son of God in thanks for what he is, and what his Father created him to be.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-19.IV.D.19)
A new idea, that we “owe” Heaven to our brother, because of what he is, because of what he means to us, because of the gratitude that we owe to him. He is our way back to God. We need never to forget this. He is the means that A Course in Miracles is using to save us time on the road to Awakening. When we forgive him for his mistakes, his errors, we are also forgiving ourselves, for there is no difference between him and us. We are truly one in God.
God created our brother to be a Self, Christ within, and we need not to forget this. When we are grateful to him, we find our way to express thanks for him being in our lives. We know that without him, not only would we be lonely, but we would be lost in “sin,” actually mistakes.
When we see mirrored in another our own probably misdeeds, we know what we need to forgive not only in himself but in us. We would be guilty of the same thing, if given half a chance. All of us have fallen short. But we are saved from judgment by refusing to judge him. Our brother is the holy Son of God, the means of our Awakening. We owe him only gratitude for what he has been, is being, and will be to us in the future.