“Being full of love for one another is the beginning of extension, the end of withdrawal. It is the mutuality of our love that causes this fullness. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you have experienced when you believed you loved more or that you were loved less by a friend or lover. Remember briefly here the feelings of withdrawal you experienced when you felt loved for being something other than that which you are. Know, through your brief contemplation of these feelings that this is behind us now. Know that we can be known and loved equally for who we are. (A Course of Love: Dialogues, p. 234)”
Affirmation: “May I be loved for who I am in truth.”
In Day Thirty Eight, Jesus returns to a reassurance of his love for us. He expresses his union with us, and he notes that we are in relationship to each other in that union. He welcomes us again into his embrace, harkening back to a beautiful passage in the first volume of the series of A Course of Love.
In a somewhat confusing statement, he tries to explain to us, simply, that “I Am,” and “Who I Am,” are different, but that in “Who I Am,” we come to know him in unity and relationship. “Who” is an acknowledgment that we are differentiated beings, but beings who are joined in unity because they choose to be so.
Day Thirty Eight is a powerful statement of Jesus’s love for us. In the fullness of his love, we will come to possess our souls.
I have not always been aware of the depth of love that Jesus feels for all people, and also for me. Previously I have sometimes seen Jesus as a judge. Help me to accept the veracity of his love for all of us today. Help me to return that love.
Thank You for Jesus’s messages to us. His messages are a great comfort. May I rest at ease in his reassurances today.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for Day 131:
No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.