“The end of sin, which nestles quietly in the safety of your relationship, protected by your union with your brother, and ready to grow into a mighty force for God is very near. The infancy of salvation is carefully guarded by love, preserved from every thought that would attack it, and quietly made ready to fulfill the mighty task for which it was given you. Your newborn purpose is nursed by angels, cherished by the Holy Spirit and protected by God Himself.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-19.IV.C.9)
More beautiful words. We are viewing the end of sin, when we forgive our brother and welcome him into our heart with love. Overwhelming love that knows no opposite. We are just now moving into salvation; it will be a while before that salvation reaches its ultimate in Awakening. At least for most people. But each path to salvation is unique to us as individuals. The Holy Spirit does not have a cookie cutter approach to our life in this world.
This is one of the few times in A Course in Miracles when Jesus alludes to the Other Side, with entities that attend us. Here he refers to angels; our purpose is “nursed by angels.” And our purpose well needs to be, for we are infants in the business of salvation. We may have been “saved,” in a traditional sense, long ago, but it is unlikely that we have forgiven fully. And forgiveness is the means of salvation in ACIM. We need to carve this into our hearts. We forgive, then we come to understand, and then when the forgiveness is total, we have a holy relationship with our brother.
The totality of all that forgiveness holds out to us may reach us suddenly, but usually it reaches us more slowly. We give up judgment gradually, listening to the Holy Spirit only in snatches.
We need to listen always, for He is identifies our way out of the mire in which we have become embedded. Ask for help in forgiveness today; this is our quickest route to a holy relationship with not just one, but all, our brothers.