A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 46

God is the Love in which I forgive..

1. God does not forgive because He has never condemned. ²And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. ³Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. ⁴Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. ⁵As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

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God does not forgive because He [God] has never condemned. ²And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. ³Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it [this world] is a world of illusions. ⁴Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves [forgiver’s selves] from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves [witholder’s selves] to them [illusions]. ⁵As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

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God does not forgive because God has never condemned. ²And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. ³Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because this world is a world of illusions. ⁴Those who forgive are thus releasing forgiver’s-selves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding witholder’s-selves to illusions. ⁵As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

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For forgiveness, there must be condemnation first. God does not condemn you. The world needs forgiveness. Forgiveness in the world releases from the world’s illusions.

2. Yet although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. ²Fear condemns and love forgives. ³Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. ⁴For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. ⁵It is the means by which illusions disappear.

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Yet although God does not forgive, His [God’s] Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. ²Fear condemns and love forgives. ³Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. ⁴For this reason [that forgiveness returns the mind to God], forgiveness can truly be called salvation. ⁵It [forgiveness] is the means by which [forgiveness] illusions disappear.

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Yet although God does not forgive, God’s Love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. ²Fear condemns and love forgives. ³Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. ⁴For the reason that forgiveness returns the mind to God, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. ⁵Forgiveness is the means; by forgiveness illusions disappear.

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Forgiveness returns the mind to God.

3. Today’s exercises require at least three full five-minute practice periods, and as many shorter ones as possible. ²Begin the longer practice periods by repeating today’s idea to yourself, as usual. ³Close your eyes as you do so, and spend a minute or two in searching your mind for those whom you have not forgiven. ⁴It does not matter ‘how much’ you have not forgiven them. ⁵You have forgiven them entirely or not at all.

4. If you are doing the exercises well you should have no difficulty in finding a number of people you have not forgiven. ²It is a safe rule that anyone you do not like is a suitable subject. ³Mention each one by name, and say:

⁴God is the Love in which I forgive you, [name].

5. The purpose of the first phase of today’s practice periods is to put you in a position to forgive yourself. ²After you have applied the idea to all those who have come to mind, tell yourself:

³God is the Love in which I forgive myself.

⁴Then devote the remainder of the practice period to adding related ideas such as:

⁵God is the Love with which I love myself.
⁶God is the Love in which I am blessed.

6. The form of the application may vary considerably, but the central idea should not be lost sight of. ²You might say, for example:

³I cannot be guilty because I am a Son of God.
⁴I have already been forgiven.
⁵No fear is possible in a mind beloved of God.
⁶There is no need to attack because love has forgiven me.

⁷The practice period should end, however, with a repetition of today’s idea as originally stated.

7. The shorter practice periods may consist either of a repetition of the idea for today in the original or in a related form, as you prefer. ²Be sure, however, to make more specific applications if they are needed. ³They will be needed at any time during the day when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to anyone, present or not. ⁴In that event, tell him silently:

⁵God is the Love in which I forgive you.


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