Doing a deep dive into forgiveness. It is our job to learn and practice it. The purpose of the real world is forgiveness. There are two types of forgiveness. Forgiveness-to-destroy and forgiveness-for-salvation. The first form makes the offense real first, and then assents to pardon with strings attached. Its goal is to make what God created equal, different. It is the means for separation, sin and death. The second one is used by the Holy Spirit to dispel illusions (make them vanish). The following are some short notes on some quotes which are also included if you are interested.
God asks for trust and willingness to learn forgiveness. He gives the Holy Spirit to teach whoever asks and seeks to understand the Will of God. We will learn and return home because God said so.
Not our plans. His. We need to learn forgiveness. The Holy Spirit will teach us what it is and how to give it as He wills. (Side note: How long will that take? Forgiveness will not be perfected in us until the real world. There must be a ton to learn.) Do not look to understand higher level concepts like I am the Son of God. Use them as an inspirational back-drop. When some forgiveness opportunity arises, He will answer if we don’t let our personality-selves interfere. Forgiveness-for-salvation is His task, and it is He Who will respond for us.
We have no idea what form the forgiveness should take. He knows. With His words not ours. Let Him take charge of how we would forgive.
When something comes up ask only, “What should I do for him, Your holy Son?” The form the forgiveness takes is not up to us. Be the Holy Spirit’s eyes and mouth. He will tell us exactly what to say. He is the Answer. We the ones who hear.
He will explain everything to us if we but listen. He will hear us if we call His name and place forgiveness in His hands. He will save forgiveness from being used for separation, sin and death and become again the holy gift of God. True forgiveness comes from His eternal vigilance and Love. Listen and learn, and do not judge. It is to God we turn to hear what we should do. His answer will be clear as morning, nor is His forgiveness what we think it is.
The Holy Spirit will not fail. Do not judge forgiveness nor set it in an earthly frame. He stands beside the door to which forgiveness is the only key. Give it to Him to use instead of us, and we will see the door swing silently open upon the shining face of Christ.
The following are the original quotes with a few extra notes.
Forgiveness-for-salvation has one form, and only one. It does not ask for proof of innocence, nor pay of any kind. It does not argue, nor evaluate the errors that it wants to overlook. It does not offer gifts in treachery, nor promise freedom while it asks for death. (Forgiveness-to-destroy asks for proof of innocence, asks for payment, argues, evaluates the errors it wants to overlook, offers gifts in treachery and promises freedom while it asks for death. Sounds like ego chicanery.) Would God deceive you? He but asks for trust and willingness to learn how to be free. He gives His Teacher to whoever asks, and seeks to understand the Will of God. His readiness to give lies far beyond your understanding and your simple grasp. Yet He has willed you learn the way to Him, and in His willing there is certainty.
You child of God, the gifts of God are yours, not by your plans but by His holy Will. His Voice will teach you what forgiveness is and how to give it as He wills it be. Do not, then, seek to understand what is beyond you yet, but let it be a way to draw you up to where the eyes of Christ become the sight you choose. Give up all else, for there is nothing else. When someone calls for help in any form, He is the One to answer for you. All that you need do is to step back and not to interfere. Forgiveness-for-salvation is His task, and it is He Who will respond for you.
Do not establish what the form should be that Christ’s forgiveness takes. He knows the way to make of every call a help to you, as you arise in haste to go at last unto your Father’s house. Now can He make your footsteps sure, your words sincere; not with your own sincerity, but with His Own. Let Him take charge of how you would forgive, and each occasion then will be to you another step to Heaven and to peace. (S-2.III.1:1–3:4)
“What should I do for him, Your holy Son?” should be the only thing you ever ask when help is needed and forgiveness sought. The form the seeking takes you need not judge. And let it not be you who sets the form in which forgiveness comes to save God’s Son. The light of Christ in him is his release, and it is this that answers to his call. Forgive him as the Christ decides you should, and be His eyes through which you look on him, and speak for Him as well. He knows the need; the question and the answer. He will say exactly what to do, in words that you can understand and you can also use. Do not confuse His function with your own. He is the Answer. You the one who hears.
And what is it He speaks to you about? About salvation and the gift of peace. About the end of sin and guilt and death. About the role forgiveness has in Him. Do you but listen. For He will be heard by anyone who calls upon His Name, and places his forgiveness in His hands. Forgiveness has been given Him to teach, to save it from destruction and to make the means for separation, sin and death become again the holy gift of God. Prayer is His Own right Hand, made free to save as true forgiveness is allowed to come from His eternal vigilance and Love. Listen and learn, and do not judge. It is to God you turn to hear what you should do. His answer will be clear as morning, nor is His forgiveness what you think it is.
Still does He know, and that should be enough. Forgiveness has a Teacher Who will fail in nothing. Rest a while in this; do not attempt to judge forgiveness, nor to set it in an earthly frame. Let it arise to Christ, Who welcomes it as gift to Him. He will not leave you comfortless, nor fail to send His angels down to answer you in His Own Name. He stands beside the door to which forgiveness is the only key. Give it to Him to use instead of you, and you will see the door swing silently open upon the shining face of Christ. Behold your brother there beyond the door; the Son of God as He created him. (S-2.III.5:1–7:8)
More on forgiveness soon!