"I can attack but my own sinlessness, And it is only that which keeps me safe."
Whenever I attack anyone I attack myself. When I see sin in another, my own sinlessness is being attacked, and only that keeps me safe. God says I am sinless; who am I to disagree? And why would I do that? "I am he on whom You smile in love and tenderness so dear and deep and still the universe smiles back on You, and shares Your holiness" (1:2).
How foolish, then, to attack at all, when any attack is an attack on what I am! How foolish to so attack the wonder of what I am in a vain quest for some other, lesser identity! Why would I jeopardize my experience of God's deep tenderness?
"...abiding in Your Smile..." (1:3).
What a wonderful thought! Sometimes I have met a person whose smile was so radiant I felt as if I could sunbathe in it. Imagine basking in God's Smile! What a warmth of love beams from such a smile! Let me spend a little time now just luxuriating in its compassionate glow.
We live one with Him, "in brotherhood and Fatherhood complete" (1:3). The oneness we enjoy is not just with the Father, but with all our brothers as well. This is the state we are meant to abide in forever. It is the state we are in forever, if we are only willing to enjoy it and set aside every thought of attack. "The Lord of Sinlessness conceives us as His Son, a universe of Thought completing Him" (1:3). As such we can be only sinlessness itself. My attack threatens nothing but my awareness of this perfect sinlessness.
"Let us not, then, attack our sinlessness, for it contains the Word of God to us. And in its kind reflection we are saved" (2:1-2).
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