There is no love but God’s.
Slightly more a than a third of the way through the ACIM workbook, we reach a lesson that declares itself “the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal” (W-pI.127.6:5)
This step has to do with recognizing the full breadth and meaning of “there is no love but God’s” (W-pI.127.3:5).
Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one, the link between the Father and the Son which holds them both forever the same (W-pI.127.4:7-8).
Love does not recognize differences (W-pI.127.1:4), and it does not change (W-pI.127.2:1). It cannot be given to one person and withheld from another (W-pI.127.2:4). Love does not judge (W-pI.127.3:1). Wherever it appears, it appears perfect and complete, never once adapting itself to circumstances (W-pI.127.1:5).
Thus, love does not obey the laws of the world. Indeed, the world – and the laws by which it appears to operate – exist to obscure love, to “hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret” (W-pI.127.5:2).
Lesson 127 is an invitation to go beyond the limits established by perception, to free our mind from “all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny” (W-pI.127.6:4).
Here, the course gently shows us a way out of suffering that is not temporary and not conditional. It points to a love that does not come and go and is therefore not subject to perception. Our eyes do not see it; our hands cannot feel it; our thoughts cannot think it.
How, then, do we know this love?
Call to your Father, certain that His Voice will answer. He Himself has promised this. And He Himself will place a spark of truth within your mind . . . He will shine through your idle thoughts today, and help you understand the truth of love (W-pI.127.9:1-4).
Is it clear? We call. That is what we do. We ask God to remind us that He abides with us forever, and that’s the end of our role. We ask and then we wait, confident that our cry will be answered.
Come to this lesson then in radical trust. Tell yourself that no matter what the course has been like so far – the progress you’ve made, the confusion you’ve felt, the ground you’ve lost – that today you will reach all the way to God. Today you will hear God’s Voice reminding you that you are not separate, not from God and not from your brothers and sisters.