Tuesday, September 6, 2011

God Has Forgiven The Inexcusable In Us!

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis
This is one of my favorite quotes. It certainly smacks you in the face if you've been judgmental of others, but I like to look at it with a different twist: If God has forgiven the inexcusable in me, then perhaps I should also forgive myself. Or, to put it another way, ask God to forgive me and BELIEVE that He has AND ACT LIKE HE HAS. We are all so good at beating ourselves up. And holding onto our sin, our mistakes, rather than remembering what God has to say about it: "For I have removed your sin as far as the east is from the west" Psalm 103:12.

So why do we continue to condemn ourselves? Bad habits. And, frankly the Evil One is happy to use condemnation to keep us down, ineffectual, and sad beyond words...heartbroken. This isn't to say we won't feel remorse when others are hurt due to our actions. But, remember: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1.

Without the grace of God we are all lost, living in despair and without hope. With Him we have lives that can be full of joy in the direst of circumstances, molded by love and filled with hope. Sometimes, even those of us who know God well, forget we are also known by Him -- held by His love and care, forgiven, whole and new in His Son. Bless you all today. I hope your burden is a bit lighter for reading this. Love you always! Libby