2004-01-19-Changing Someone Else, Forgiving
Topic: Changing Someone Else, Forgiving
Group: Arcadia TeaM
TR: George B.
Prayer by Larry: Dear Father, thank you for this day and we love you very much Father. We pray for peace in the world, we pray for a healing of this earth and its people. We pray that we may be lights that help direct our brothers and sisters to the time of Light and Life when all men and women know that they are children of God; that we are all spiritual brothers and sisters. We look forward to that day Father, in Christ Michael’s name, amen.
JarEl: TR, George. Good evening, it is I, your teacher JarEl. It is good to be among you once again and it is good to see all of the familiar faces in this room. I welcome back the TR, as I welcome all of you. Although it has only been two weeks since I last spoke to you, it may seem like it has been a long time, for in the span of two weeks many things can happen; many things can change and many things can be learned. You will be surprised how many changes can be made within a period of weeks or days. But as in all things change usually comes swiftly and suddenly. Albeit change is sometimes gradual and consistent, a dramatic and revolutionary change happens within a second. I point this out because I would like to make you aware of the time that you have on this earth; the time that is granted to you so that you may bring about change in your own life and in the lives of others.
You can easily bring about change into another person’s life simply by smiling at them or by being kind. See how quickly a person’s frown changes into a smile when you offer them your smile, that my friends, is simple. It is easy to bring about change into your own life as well. When you think of God and how much he cares about you and how much he loves you, the change comes immediately to your heart. For you cannot hold back the flood of love that God pours out towards you. It would be like trying to dam up the ocean. Whenever you feel hurt or angry, think of the love that he has for you and also think of the love that he has for all of your brothers and sisters, truly contemplate this notion. If you truly, deeply sit in silence and think about this, then your troubles shall find their answers. Your path will be clear and straight. You will know what to do from then on, for he will guide you on whatever question you may put forth. If you would but trust his wisdom and guidance, your life would be that much better.
Many times all God asks of you is to forgive. That is the one simple thing that many find hard to do. The longer you put off forgiving one another, the longer you dwell in your misery. For forgiving one another is the key to your own happiness and your own peace of mind. Life would be so much simpler if you were to forgive each other and in turn ask for forgiveness for yourself, and not be so proud and arrogant. When you let down your guard and defenses, and you open your mind up to clear and crystal thought, you will begin to see that it all lies in you forgiving one another. The answers will come only once you have made peace and allow bygones to be bygones. If you continue to hold grudges towards one another your life will be filled with bitterness and anger. It shall build up and boil, and it shall bring your quality of life to an all time-low. Not only will you be effected mentally, but physically as well. For you hold others’ negative energy within your body and it will manifest itself health wise. But when you free yourself from all of this negative energy and you allow it to flow out freely through the act of forgiveness you allow new and positive energy to enter your own body. In turn this positive energy is shared with all that surround you. You create for yourself an energy field that is positive and good. All of this for the simple act of forgiveness, which I know for many is hard to do, for they have been hurt and injured. The last thing they would like to do is to forgive someone who has injured them so greatly and so deeply.
The greatest example that has been given to you on forgiveness is Michael, in the life of Jesus, for he forgave all those who had injured him. He forgave them even as they were afflicting injury upon him. His love for his fellow man was so great and so powerful that he understood their folly and their error. He allowed himself to be the victim of their shortcomings. Even after all that, he had so much forgiveness for them. The example that Michael gave for all of you is a measure as to how much you can forgive. Some find it hard to forgive another, when all they did was call you something; a name or something you did not like. You squabble over something as petty as that and you waste all of your life with bitterness and sorrow. It is only after you reach the Morontia Realm that you realize that all the pettiness was not worth it and your life could have been much better if you had only found it in your heart to forgive one another and move on beyond this childish and immature attitude.
I ask you this: why do you revert back to childish attitudes, when you should be representatives of a quality of life which should endure on Urantia? How else are you supposed to educate the generation of tomorrow if you yourself cannot be an example for them to look up to. It is not enough to read The Urantia Book papers, you must live them and set an example for others to follow. Live as if you were living among your fellow Morontia brethren. Live within their code not the code of the Urantians. Follow a higher way of living. Adjust your ethics and morals to that of the Morontia Realm. Bring Light and Life to Urantia. The only way it shall be brought is through your hearts. We cannot import Light and Life for you, you must grow it and raise it within your life. Only by example and actions shall this new world arrive. With your help and the help of others, you shall bring forth this new age. Are there any questions here tonight?
Stella: Yes, I have a question. What form should forgiveness take? It is relatively easy to forgive personal slights, but should one forgive murder, rape, genocide, exploitation of people, how do you handle something like that? Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the Temple, he did not just passively forgive them, he did something. So how are we to respond to the things happening in the world today?
JarEl: TR, George. My dear sister Stella, there are different variances of forgiveness. Your society gathers together to judge the rules and norms of society and therefore society creates laws as to what you can and cannot do. Murder is a grievous offense and therefore you have laws against such acts. Yes, the victim’s family can find it in their hearts to forgive. But a society brings down punishment for such acts. As far as other acts like genocide they should be treated with similar laws like murder. Anything that destroys lives should be quickly dealt with on your planet. Your world is evolving to a point where such things will be appropriately dealt with. As an individual, you may forgive those that do wrong and you may even forgive leaders that you feel strongly about; that is your own personal road that you must travel. The question that you asked pertains to both the society and the individual. Society will evolve as it has been evolving for thousands and thousands of years. You will create laws to deal with such things. I cannot give answers as to how your society must adjust it’s own laws. I can only give answers to how you may deal with such offense. Would you like to elaborate on your question?
JarEl: TR, George. You’re welcome. Are there any other questions?
Stella: Can we be righteously indignant?
JarEl: TR, George. If you see an injustice and you know that it is wrong you can react in whatever fashion you choose. However, that is up to you. The decisions that you make in your life depend greatly on the level of understanding that you have towards yourself, your fellow human beings and your place in the universe. The more you understand how the universe works, the greater your capacity to understand injustices. If you feel deeply about a certain issue, it is your right to react and to speak up. But for every action there is a reaction. You must be aware of the actions that you take within this world and be prepared for a counteraction in whatever fashion it may come.
Having a voice and denouncing injustices is completely in sync with the universe. Allowing for injustices to continue and be silent allows for evil to slip into the cracks. Sooner or later this evil will surround you and isolate you. It is only when you speak up and let others hear you that you begin to connect with your brothers and sisters. It is only when you are heard by others that they understand your dilemma. Perhaps they too are in a similar dilemma; where you can join together, where you can combat the situation you are in and bring down whatever injustice may be harming you. Yes, you can be righteously indignant. But understand this, the greater knowledge that you acquire of how the universe works the greater your righteousness is. Does that answer your question?
Stella: Yes indeed it does. You are so wise JarEl.
JarEl: TR, George. Thank you Stella. It is only through the Father that I acquire my wisdom. I am only a conduit to the greater source of truth behind the love and the energy that surrounds us all. It is understanding this energy which brings me closer to God and to all of you in this room. Understand the love that surrounds you and you will understand your fellow man. Forgive and you will come into greater understanding. Love and your understanding will be complete. That is all for tonight, thank you, until next time.
All: Thank you JarEl.