2003-11-16-Forbearance & Understanding
• 1 Heading
o 1.1 Topic: Forbearance & Understanding
o 1.2 Group: Nashville TeaM
• 2 Facilitators
o 2.1 Teacher: Ham
o 2.2 TR: Rebecca
• 3 Session
o 3.1 Opening
o 3.2 Lesson
o 3.3 Closing
Topic: Forbearance & Understanding
Group: Nashville TeaM
HAM: Greetings, children, I am Ham and I am glad to have you here this evening. Tonight, let us discuss your ever widening spheres of forbearance and understanding. Many times we have discussed tolerance and forbearance. Let us discuss this as a growing attitude, for when you exercise faith, you can be unmoved whatever the surrounding chaos. This attitude of calm and peace lends the reaction of forbearance.
HAM: Let your faith be as an unmovable stone, a firm center, a point of gravity. In this place, you can be tolerant of those things which once frightened you, which once threw you off balance. Faith gives you that certitude, that unshakable confidence in God’s protection and mercy which allows freedom from fear.
We have spoken of forbearance in terms of intensity, how many times should my brother sin against me and I forgive him. But this forbearing attitude, must stretch wide as well. It must give you the confidence to always to return good for evil, to return courtesy for rudeness, to return a smile for a frown. Those whose minds are stayed on God are at peace within and the world may buffet about them outwardly, but inwardly is profound peace and this peace is the key to forbearance.
When a human being goes in partnership with the Master, when you allow him entry into your heart and complete sovereignty there, then are you given more strength than you ever could have realized. The spiritual peace is something very strong and unshakable. It is not something which is easily swayed, or a dreamy imagination of nirvana. No, spiritual peace encompasses the whole personality. It lends gravity, weight, and permanence to your character. For those who are certain about one’s relationship to God, nothing that happens in this world can shake that or change it.
My friends, you are doing very well. You are developing a relationship with God. This achievement of the spirit cannot be overstated for then this relationship will bestow upon you all that is needful in your lives. But more than that, your relationship with Michael will also give you wisdom and wisdom is something very rare among human beings.
As you continue to receive his love and his blessings in your lives, you will become ever more naturally courageous, naturally confident and sure of yourselves. You will have spiritual drawing power which will bring you that which is necessary in your journey. And all these things will be easy, natural, and quite effortless.
Each of you has a path before you. Bring the Master along for each step of the way and all will be plain and clear. No longer will you be frozen by the fear of perhaps you have been in error, you have done something completely selfish. For if you start heading in that direction, the Master will pull you back, he will help you, and he will show you the better way.
As you move forward upon your path, allow the Master to comfort your mind and steady your hearts. Remember always that the work is important, but you yourselves should not take on the importance. Get yourselves out of the way and your fears will go with it. Follow the Master’s leading and you will not be in error. This is not to say that you may not make small mistakes, or you will suddenly become perfect, of course not. But you will begin to think of your lives as service to him and this will lighten your burden not increase it.
HAM: Let your faith be unmovable and let the ripples of loving kindness spread out from there. Approach each fellow human being with love and doors will open.