Love, Compassion and Forgiveness
“Now it is time for you to forgive *(him/her) and comfort *him. Otherwise *he may become so bitter and discouraged that *he won’t be able to recover. Please show *him now that you still do love *him very much.”
2 Corinthians 2:7
Have you ever wondered why certain lessons keep appearing in your life, especially when you have done all the clearing out, cleansing, releasing, burning and letting go rituals? Might you take a new perspective on this message that keeps appearing from the messenger – these “thorns in your side” are very well the weaknesses which will make you strong. The apostle Paul spoke of this as he pleaded to be removed from these deeply intense challenges placed upon him during his ministry. Yet, through these weaknesses he rejoiced, for it is through being on his knees he opened himself up to receive strength within from the Spirit that gives us life.
Everything surrounding us desires to be loved, nurtured and embraced, especially the briars with which we may be become entangled in our lives. At these times on our journey, it is wise to pause and reflect on how these spindles need to be welcomed into our realm of forgiveness within ourselves. A close friend of mine told me that sometimes all an individual has left to give are snakes (i.e. hurtful things because that person is hurting and that’s all they have left to give). Everyone is doing the best that they can given the circumstances presented to them (i.e., you don’t know the burdens of another unless you walk a mile in their shoes). That is why it is so very important to have compassion towards others and encourage and support one another. It then makes the journey full of Light radiating from within. For to love and to be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
“Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.”
Lesson 62, A Course in Miracles
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