Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.
Forgiveness, as described in A Course In Miracles, is the willingness to give up making other people and circumstances responsible for our unhappiness. Forgiveness asks us to give up playing the role of the victim and instead become the agent, through our choices, to make love manifest in our life. Jesus taught this when He said, “Love your enemies.”
In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in step four that we do a fearless moral inventory, in step five that we admit the exact nature of our wrongs to another human being, in step six ask God to remove the defects of our character which contributed to the harm we have done, and in step eight, where it would do no further harm, to make amends. It is in the making of amends that we realize that minds are joined.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. We join with others in this recognition of every person’s inherent worth and dignity, and in promoting justice, equity and compassion.
Today, it is suggested that we recognize and acknowledge that it is in forgiveness that minds are joined.