It is so wonderful to know that God is not, as I have been taught, a god of judgment, wrath, and condemnation. I can make mistakes, judging what I think of as others, but I won’t be damned and sent to torment; however, it’s up to me to forgive those I find difficult, because they are part of me. That’s often hard to believe, or maybe better to say I don’t want to believe it. I’m the one condemning myself when I don’t forgive people, not God. I am holding on to the illusion of separation, both from them and from God. One person at a time, then, I practice forgiveness, so that all of us can let the illusions go.
“God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to them. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.”