I FREE MYSELF FROM EVERY SENSE OF CONDEMNATION, EITHER AGAINST MYSELF OR OTHERS
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness … He that loveth his brother abideth in the light …
I John 2:9, 10
When John said that it is impossible for us to remain in the light while we hate someone else, he was pointing the same truth that Jesus had in mind when he said, Forgive, and you will be forgiven. We could not expect the law of Good to operate for us alone, shutting all other out. It is only what we share with others that really is ours. We are so constituted that when we think evil of others or condemn them it is impossible to escape this condemnation of ourselves. This is why Jesus said, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Everything that goes out comes back again. Our thoughts and acts move in circles.
I bless myself for the good I would do and I bless everyone for the good they would do. I recognize the Presence of God at the center of my own being, and I know that the Divine Spirit within me responds to the same Spirit in others, comforting, unifying and making whole. There is no criticism, no false judgment, no unkindness in me. My whole thought and feeling is one of praise, of thanksgiving and blessing.
Today I am living as though this moment were eternity. I am recognizing that the kingdom of Good is at hand. Seeing the Divine in everything, I know that the Divine in all things responds to me. Receiving the silent blessing of the Spirit, I permit this blessing to enrich the life of everyone I meet, to bring comfort, faith and good cheer to everyone I contact. Therefore, I walk in that Light in which there is no darkness, in that Love in which there is no fear, in that life in which there is no death.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker