The old Hymn “What A Friend we Have in Jesus,” (circ. 1855, Seriven and Converse) tells us that Jesus will “bear our sins,” and that it is a privilege to take them to God by prayer. In the Course Jesus teaches us a very different lesson. He is indeed our friend, but (and it a huge BUT) he teaches us to change our minds about our problems.
Early in her transcribing Helen asked Jesus for help to rid herself of her fear. Here is his response from Text Chapter 2, Section VII, paragraph IV, sentences 1-3.
The correction of fear [is] your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. [your responsibility] You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about
Substitute other words for fear, such as hate, anger, annoyance, rage, wrath, fury, or resentment. All are based on fear and are everyday emotions and feelings we all experience. Here is Jesus’ advice from the final three sentences.
The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.
[See the whole passage below]
Jesus’ help is: instead of “laying it all on him,” take it as our own and ask in our mind if we are choosing as he would. This is a correction that can work with every situation. Be careful though where the questions lead. Seek kind actions and put Biblical passages into perspective. For instance, did Jesus really chase money lenders? (See Croissan’s, The Historical Jesus)
Course teaching states that the Holy Spirit is God’s answer to our choice to dream of separating from Heaven, and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are One within the Trinity. Call for help and together they guide our minds. However though, they help us change our mind about situations here (a miracle). Specific aspects about our daily life are our responsibility. The Holy Spirit does not find us parking spaces, or change traffic lights in our favor. We think then; no parking space? Then it’s not important to park right here, and the red light stopped me and put me out of sync with a possible collision. Or whatever!
Jesus/Holy Spirit is our friend because they guide us to make better choices. That’s what best friends do, one who says, “That’s not a good idea,” and we trust her/him, listen and change our behavior. That’s true reciprocal friendship, which is what Jesus and the Holy Spirit offers us in teachings in ACIM.
For more on this subject check the page, The Trinity and Holy Spirit, in my web site www.god-jessus-course-in-miracles,com.
ACIM Text Chapter 2 Section VI, paragraph 4.
The correction of fear [is] your responsibility. When you ask for release from fear, you are implying that it is not. You should ask, instead, for help in the conditions that have brought the fear about. These conditions always entail a willingness to be separate. At that level you [can] help it. You are much too tolerant of mind wandering, and are passively condoning your mind’s miscreations. The particular result does not matter, but the fundamental error does. The correction is always the same. Before you choose to do anything, ask me if your choice is in accord with mine. If you are sure that it is, there will be no fear.
The complete Section, VI. Fear and Conflict, is a comprehensive discussion of how to counteract fear.