Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Gary Renard, a teacher of the Course, calls them “forgiveness opportunities.” He says that he gets several every day.
How often do we find ourselves anxious, angry, hurt, resentful, guilty throughout the day? These feelings are reminders that we are being presented with a forgiveness opportunity and we take comfort in knowing that we have the power to choose forgiveness because forgiveness offers everything I want.
In Alcoholic Anonymous we are encouraged, in step eight, to make a list of all the people we have harmed and to be willing to make amends, and in step nine, to make those amends where it would do no further harm. It is in forgiving that we are forgiven. We reap what we sow.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and in today’s Course lesson, we are taught that what we are seeking is the peace and joy that comes from forgiveness.
Forgiveness, as described in the Course, is the willingness to give up no longer making other people and circumstances responsible for our unhappiness. We give up being a victim. We understand now that we have a choice. The path of the ego would have us be victims. The path of the Spirit would have us be beloved. All it takes is the willingness to forgive.