ACIM Lesson 344 Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.
This is Your law, my Father, not my own. ²I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone.
Today I learn the law of love; that what I give my brother is my gift to me.
1. This is Your law, my Father, not my own. ²I have not understood what giving means, and thought to save what I desired for myself alone. ³And as I looked upon the treasure that I thought I had, I found an empty place where nothing ever was or is or will be. ⁴Who can share a dream? ⁵And what can an illusion offer me? ⁶Yet he whom I forgive will give me gifts beyond the worth of anything on earth. ⁷Let my forgiven brothers fill my store with Heaven’s treasures, which alone are real. ⁸Thus is the law of love fulfilled. ⁹And thus Your Son arises and returns to You.
2. How near we are to one another, as we go to God. ²How near is He to us. ³How close the ending of the dream of sin, and the redemption of the Son of God.
How I Gained Nothing
Nothing I give to myself alone has any meaning or will give me happiness and peace. Each time I got married it was for the purpose of giving myself something. I was looking for personal fulfillment, stability, safety, security. I wanted someone to be there for me, to love me, and to take care of me. It was all about me, me, me. I was willing to do my part, of course, but only if I was rewarded with what I wanted. It’s amazing how self-centered I was without even realizing it. As a result, since I didn’t really give, not knowing how to give, I gained nothing. All my relationships were like this until I began to learn this lesson.
How Giving Changed Everything
Now that I have learned that what I give is what I receive I tend to give what I want to receive. I give for love’s sake because I want to receive love. I give generously because I want to receive generosity. I give forgiveness because I want to receive forgiveness. I give happiness in every way I can because that is what I want to receive. My relationships are different now because I am different now. “How near we are to one another, as we go to God,” is meaningful to me because that is how it feels now.
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