Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007

"You are now free to forgive. The inability to forgive shall not have dominion over you, for you are not forgiving out of compulsion, but in response to the grace of God."
"Oh, I forgive you as a Christian, of course; but there are some things one can never forget!" This line comes from C. S. Lewis's book The Great Divorce. While it is spoken in heaven, the character who speaks it is from hell. Lewis's point is that in heaven no one dares to think like this. The line makes all of us laugh because in it we see the all-too-human attempt to sanctify hard-heartedness. Not too far beneath the laughter, however, we shrivel inside as we wonder if we face the same future ...

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