Manual for Teachers: Section 4 WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IV: Gentleness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 12 paragraph 1

Section 4

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?

page 12, paragraph 1

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD'S TEACHERS?

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?

IV. Gentleness

Harm is impossible for God’s teachers. 2They can neither harm nor be harmed. 3Harm is the outcome of judgment. 4It is the dishonest act that follows a dishonest thought. 5It is a verdict of guilt upon a brother, and therefore on oneself. 6It is the end of peace and the denial of learning. 7It demonstrates the absence of God’s curriculum, and its replacement by insanity. 8No teacher of God but must learn,-and fairly early in his training,-that harmfulness completely obliterates his function from his awareness. 9It will make him confused, fearful, angry and suspicious. 10It will make the Holy Spirit’s lessons impossible to learn. 11Nor can God’s Teacher be heard at all, except by those who realize that harm can actually achieve nothing. 12No gain can come of it.

Guilt

Someone I love very much became angry with me. There was a time when I would have been distraught over this. I would have worried, fretted, and tried to think of some way to avoid giving in to the emotional blackmail. I simply could not have tolerated the situation and I would also have been resentful and resentment is guilt, and guilt is harmful. In this situation I would have felt harmed and blamed my loved one for harming me.

Harmony

But that is not what happened. My mind has experienced a lot of healing and I don’t see things the same way anymore. I did give it a lot of thought to be sure I was doing the best thing. I regretted the disharmony. But, I didn’t feel like I was being harmful because there was no blame projected. I understood the fear that was driving my loved one. I did not feel like I was being harmed because I did not accept the judgment being directed at me. It was such a different way to experience this. In the end, it all worked out.

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