“To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard. It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single 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 means to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what He says.”
– C. S. Lewis
This is so much more difficult to practice than it sounds. I pray that, each day, God is slowly transforming me into the kind of woman who aims not only to forgive the large, occasional offenses, but the daily offenses that would otherwise crawl into my heart, ever so quietly, and poison me.
But first I pray for a grateful spirit, since the forgiven are all the more eager to forgive.