Lesson 192

“I have a function God would have me fill.”

It is your Father’s holy Will that you complete Himself and that your
Self shall be His sacred Son, forever pure as He, of love created and in
love preserved, extending love, creating in its name, forever one with
God and with your Self. Yet what can such a function mean within a
world of envy, hatred and attack? Therefore you have a function in
the world in its own terms. For who can understand a language far
beyond his simple grasp?

Forgiveness represents your function here. It is not God’s
creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone. And
who would pardon Heaven? Yet on earth you need the means to let
illusion go. Creation merely waits for your return to be
acknowledged, not to be complete.

Creation cannot even be conceived of in the world. It has no
meaning here. Forgiveness is the closest it can come to earth. For
being Heaven-borne, it has no form at all. Yet God created One Who
has the power to translate into form the wholly formless. What He
makes are dreams, but of a kind so close to waking that the light of
day already shines in them. And eyes already opening behold the
joyful sights their offerings contain.

Forgiveness gently looks upon all things unknown in Heaven,
sees them disappear, and leaves the world a clean and unmarked slate
on which the Word of God can now replace the senseless symbols
written there before. Forgiveness is the means by which the fear of
death is overcome because it holds no fierce attraction now, and guilt
is gone.

Forgiveness lets the body be perceived as what it is; a simple
teaching aid to be laid by when learning is complete, but hardly
changing him who learns at all. The mind without the body cannot
make mistakes. It cannot think that it will die, nor be the prey of
merciless attack. Anger becomes impossible, and where is terror then?
What fears could still assail those who have lost the source of all attack;
the core of anguish and the seat of fear?

Only forgiveness can relieve the mind of thinking that the body is
its home. Only forgiveness can restore the peace that God intended for
His holy Son. Only forgiveness can persuade the Son to look again
upon his holiness. With anger gone, you will indeed perceive that for
Christ’s vision and the gift of sight no sacrifice was asked, and only
pain was lifted from a sick and tortured mind.

Is this unwelcome? Is it to be feared? Or is it to be hoped for,
met with thanks and joyously accepted? We are one, and therefore
give up nothing. But we have indeed been given everything by God.

Yet do we need forgiveness to perceive that this is so. Without its
kindly light we grope in darkness, using reason but to justify our rage
and our attack. Our understanding is so limited that what we think
we understand is but confusion born of error. We are lost in mists of
shifting dreams and fearful thoughts, our eyes shut tight against the
light; our minds engaged in worshipping what is not there.

Who can be born again in Christ but him who has forgiven
everyone he sees or thinks of or imagines? Who could be set free while
he imprisons anyone? A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with
his prisoner. He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends
his time in keeping watch on him. The bars which limit him become
the world in which the jailer lives, along with him. And it is on his
freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them.

Therefore hold no-one prisoner. Release instead of bind, for thus
are you made free. The way is simple. Every time you feel a stab of
anger, realize you hold a sword above your head. And it will fall or be
averted as you choose to be condemned or free. Thus does each one
who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your Savior from the
prison-house of death. And so you owe him thanks instead of pain.

Be merciful today. The Son of God deserves your mercy. It is he
who asks that you accept the way to freedom now. Deny him not.
His Father’s Love for him belongs to you. Your function here on
earth is only to forgive him, that you may accept him back as your
identity. He is as God created him. And you are what he is. Forgive
him now his sins, and you will see that you are one with him.

Britney Shawley added:

Forgiveness represents your function here.

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