God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. ~ Schucman, Dr. Helen. A Course in Miracles (Kindle Location 15043). Foundation for Inner Peace.

I’ve done enough condemning me
to last a lifetime…and that was true
fifty years ago. But it was all my doing.
God had no part in condemning me.
He spent no time forgiving me.
He had no time or need to forgive me.
Instead he hovered around me…
inside when I allowed it, loving me…
loving me…loving me…loving me…
LOVIMG ME! God loves me enough
that I can love myself.

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