**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. It fell on Day 27 of this series.**
Reading: Psalm 103:12
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Psalm 103:12 says as far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us
Lets rejoice at this! How wonderful that God has done this for us!
I recently read a piece by C.S. Lewis in The Weight of Glory, where he writes about the difference between forgiving and excusing:
Forgiveness says ‘Yes, you have done this thing, but I accept your apology; I will never hold it against you and everything between us two will be exactly as it was before.’ But excusing says, ‘I see that you couldn’t help it or didn’t mean it; you weren’t really to blame.’ If one was not really to blame then there is nothing to forgive. In that sense, forgiveness and excusing are almost opposites.
This really got me thinking about how often I come to God and say I want “forgiveness”, but in my heart I am actually making excuses for the sin that I committed. I am trying to justify it in some way. The problem is that if I am simply asking to be excused, then the parts that are inexcusable won’t go away. Excuses are simply a way for me to feel better about my mistakes, a way for me to satisfy myself. The only one who truly needs to be satisfied is God.
Let’s seek to be forgiven instead of excused.
Join me in praying for the areas of your life that need reconciliation.