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Bless and forgive the world and you will be set free from it You Have Chosen to Remember by James Blanchard Cisneros fb“There is no cruelty in God and none in me.”

A Course in Miracles, Workbook for Students, Lesson 170


This lesson considers the intention of attack. It points out that it cannot be done with love, only with intent to hurt. It is never a loving self-defense. I may not be cruel, but I am capable of cruelty.


As a child, I tried using attack to change the circumstances to my favor a few times. Each time, the results were disastrous. I wish I had learned the lesson that attack always goes against LOVE. Even as an adult, I have attack thoughts from time to time. Some part of me still seems to believe that others should hurt as much as me.


However, God does not want any of God’s children to hurt. Making another person hurt does not take away my hurt. Only LOVE reduces the pain of my hurt.


Sometimes I feel that God is the only one who cares. When I finally turn to God in prayer (which is really just talking to God), I sometimes weep as I let myself admit the truth—that I am hurting and that I don’t know what to do.  Only by accepting God’s LOVE do I soften my heart enough to see that others are hurting, too.


“God, help me let go of all my crazy thoughts and ideas about how to make things better. Help me turn to LOVE and to you sooner so I can release my attack thoughts and let myself receive your LOVE and caring. Perhaps then I can find it in my heart to give LOVE to another, who also deserves and needs LOVE. Thank you, God. I love you.”

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