As I read this statement by CS Lewis, I realize once again that forgiveness is not a choice; it is a command.
“This is hard. It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life–to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son–how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us!’ We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions.”
If God can forgive my numerous imperfections, certainly I can do that for others.
|Two translations of Psalm 103: 10,11