49. On Humility and Forgiveness.
Jesus cut short the striving for ego position among the disciples as soon as they began to discuss who was greater. To Christ the humble servants and innocent children are first, though they are usually last among people. It is so easy to love a child, and Jesus calling forward a child demonstrated the loving simplicity of the spiritual consciousness. The Christ dwells in the heart of every child, and whoever loves a child from one's heart loves the Christ and God; for God sends the Christ, and the Christ lives in the heart.
The Christ is not limited to any organization or church; therefore they should not object to anyone who is doing the uplifting work of the Christ. Whoever is in the consciousness (name) of the Christ will not speak evil, and whoever serves the Christ action will gain spiritually. But whoever injures or misleads children or others would have been better off not to have been born. There is karma in the world, but we can only feel sorrow for those who cause karma by causing harm.
No part of the body is worth more than the well-being of the whole consciousness. It is better to sacrifice something which may lead to negativity for the sake of life in soul consciousness than to cause the karma which inevitably must be burned off (fire's hell). A certain amount of karma goes with being in the physical world as we learn by our mistakes (salted with fire), but too much of this is more than the spice of life. If we cease to learn from the karma, then where are we? Therefore gain the knowledge within yourself and live in peace and harmony with others.
Jesus taught self-awareness and the solving of conflicts at the most immediate level through correction and forgiveness. Errors (sins) are due to some form of ignorance. Therefore when one person observes another making a mistake or infringing on someone, then one may communicate to that person so that that one may change. If that one does change, then forgiveness releases the problem and the karma. As long as that one agrees to change and improve, we must forgive.
If that one really changes, then love and understanding are flowing as we learn together. If that one does not change, then a neutral perspective from another person or two may help give objectivity to the situation; for the person correcting may be out of balance. If this counsel is neglected, then the group or community may be informed. If the person ignores the whole group, then that one has placed oneself as an outsider. When people meet together in a spiritual consciousness the spiritual power is increased; and where two or more ask for the Light of the Christ, the Christ consciousness is actively present.
Peter asked to clarify if seven times were enough times to forgive, but Jesus indicated that we should always forgive. He told a parable of a debtor of a large amount who pleaded with the king for mercy since he did not have the money to pay back. Yet after the king forgave him, he went to those with small debts to him and demanded payment, even enforcing the punitive law against them. When they told the king what he did, then the fellow servant was made to fulfill all the karma (debt) he had been forgiven.
Thus if we are to enter the grace of God where our mistakes are easily forgiven, then we must also forgive those who have somehow inflicted against us. This is the great dispensation of grace which the Christ consciousness brings, transcending the karmic law of Moses; yet the law holds if we do not forgive from the Christ consciousness (our hearts).