ACIM Workbook Lesson 197 – for Monday, July 16, 2012
Affirmation: “It can be but my gratitude I earn.”
“God blesses every gift you give to Him, and every gift is given Him, because it can be given only to yourself. And what belongs to God must be His Own. Yet you will never realize His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your never-ending joy while you forgive but to attack again. (WB377)”
1 – Attack / Forgiveness
As long as attack is attractive to us, we will need to turn again and again to forgiveness so that we get back on the right track. And who among us can say that we never have the urge to attack (usually verbally), or that we never feel anger? These are very human characteristics. After all, think of Jesus in the temple with the moneychangers, as depicted in the New Testament.
2 – God Does Not Condemn
When we have made progress toward leaving attack behind, we will know the love that is described in today’s Workbook lesson. We will know that God does not condemn, and we will know that our best action is also not to condemn–even when we don’t recognize that there has just been a mistake that can be rectified by forgiveness. Remember the illusion in which we live. The Self is never hurt–only the “little,” personal self. And we would not take offense at a brother or sister who is having a hard time and takes it out on us. We need to be bigger than that.
3 – Very Human Traits
All of this is not easy. We carry these human traits, many from childhood and brought on by the insane ego. Most of us have not completely relinquished the ego, and so we are more prone to take offense easily.
4 – Harmony
We need to do what we can to bring more love into our lives. Do we not sense the harmony that can be ours when we choose the word or deed that comes from love rather than attack?
5 – God = Love
Let us today ask for the grace to live our lives in love, or in Love. For God is Love, as the Scriptures tell us, and now as borne out by A Course in Miracles.
Thank You for reminding me that attack has no place in the group of reactions that we would have in this world. Attack always blinds us to the Holy Spirit’s prompting, and attack also hurts our brothers and sisters. We need the harmony that Love (God) and love (Awakening or Christ-consciousness) can effect in our lives. May I ask for that harmony to be mine today. I realize that this may be a daily prayer, for I do not know when I will be ready for You to reach down and awaken me.
Thank You for being here for me. The day has been good so far, and always a day goes better when the morning is good. You know that I am not a morning person, though I get up and start the day at a relatively early hour. You know that I need structure to my day, to make that day be devoted to the pathway that You point out to me. Thank You for guiding my decisions, so that the little decisions that the Holy Spirit gives me, moment-by-moment, are heeded.
I am grateful for the blessing of Your Love. May I never forget my indebtedness to You. And may I never forget how much You love me.