Lesson 46

“God is the Love in which I forgive.”
God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there
must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is
the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of
illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from
illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding
themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you
forgive only yourself.
Although God does not forgive, His Love is nevertheless the
basis of forgiveness. Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness
thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the
awareness of God. For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called
salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear.
Today’s exercises require at least three full five-minute practice
periods, and as many shorter applications as possible. Begin the
practice periods by repeating today’s idea to yourself, as usual. Close
your eyes as you do so, and spend a minute or two in searching your
mind for those whom you have not forgiven. It does not matter
“how much” you have not forgiven.You have forgiven them entirely
or not at all.
If you are doing the exercises well, you should have no difficulty
in finding a number of people you have not forgiven. It is a safe rule
that anyone you do not like is a suitable subject. Mention each one
by name, and say:
“God is the Love in which I forgive you, [name].”
The purpose of the first phase of today’s practice is to put you in
the best position to forgive yourself. After you have applied the idea
for today to all those who have come to mind, tell yourself,
“God is the Love in which I forgive myself.”
Then devote the remainder of the practice period to offering related
ideas such as:
“God is the Love with which I love myself.”
“God is the Love in which I am blessed.”
The form of the applications may vary considerably, but the
central idea should not be lost sight of.You might say, for example:
“I cannot be guilty because I am a Son of God.”
“I have already been forgiven.”
“No fear is possible in a mind beloved of God.”
“There is no need to attack because love has forgiven me.”
The practice period should end, however, with a repetition of today’s
idea as originally stated.
The shorter applications may consist either of a repetition of the
idea for today in the original or in a related form, or in more specific
applications if needed. They will be needed at any time during the
day when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to
anyone, present or not. In this event, tell him silently,
“God is the Love in which I forgive you".

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