A Course in Miracles Lesson 235

God in His mercy wills that I be saved.

I am grateful for this lesson’s emphasis on mercy, which is so intimately connected to justice which, in turn, is so intimately connected to Love. God’s mercy is the assurance of our shared salvation, for what God loves cannot be condemned.

Thus, to know ourselves as God’s Child in Creation means remembering that Love is the ground of our being, and its effects extend Love throughout the cosmos.

Out of love he was created, and in love he abides. Goodness and mercy have always followed him, for he has always extended the Love of his Father (T-13.I.6:6-7).

But we forget this! We try to put our own spin on it, mostly because we don’t want to be merciful as God is merciful. We want to judge others in order to exclude them from Heaven. We think judgment is what makes us safe; we think exclusion is how we ensure our personal experience of salvation.

But we are wrong. And the effects of our error hurt all of us.

You who have been unmerciful to yourself do not remember your Father’s Love. And looking without mercy upon your brothers, you do not remember how much you love Him (T-13.X.9:1-2).

When we separate ourselves from the remembrance of our Creator, we open up the world to all kinds of horror and grief. Yet when we insist on remembering God, then we also remember how to create like God.

And that becomes a means to true forgiveness and happiness.

I need but remember that God’s Love surrounds His Son and keeps his sinlessness forever perfect, to be sure that I am saved and safe forever in His Arms. I am the Son He loves (W-pI.235.1:3-4).

Thus, our prayer today is a prayer that we might remember God’s mercy – not as an ideal but as a fact of our existence. Mercy is a way of being present to ourselves and to one another, so that together we might create like our Creator.

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