DayBreaks for 9/12/14 – Forgiving the Inexcusable
“God, I can never forgive what he did to me. What he did is inexcusable! There is no possible justification other than just pure evil and meanness!”
My guess is that if we haven’t all thought those specific words, we’ve thought things close to them. Right now, my guess is that the families of the American journalists who were beheaded by ISIS/ISIL have felt those things. What possible justification is there for what happened to their sons? What makes any human think that sawing the head off of another human being can be excused for any reason?
How easy it is for us to fall into the trap of thinking that our own wrong-doings are excusable: “Lord, you made me the way I am”, or “Lord, you can’t blame me because my spouse just pushed me too far this time!” We are all geniuses when it comes to creating excuses for our own actions and thoughts. And we all have a hard time understanding the motives of others – and an even harder time excusing them and forgiving them.
But, as he often does, C.S. Lewis put it in just one sentence that challenges us in our thinking and attitudes: To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
God truly has forgiven the inexcusable in each of us. Will we do likewise for others?
Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) – Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
PRAYER: Thank you for forgiving us when we have no excuse for what we’d done! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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