c.s. lewis on forgiveness


Some thoughts from Lewis on genuine, relentless, explicit forgiveness:

A great deal of our anxiety comes from not really believing in the forgiveness of sins, from thinking that God will not take us to himself again unless he is satisfied that some sort of case can be made out in our favor. But that would not be forgiveness at all. Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse, after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness, and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to that man who has done it. That, and only that, is forgiveness, and that we can always have from God if we ask for it. -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory


3 responses »

  1. This quote is great. The full essay “On Forgiveness” is even greater. It is simultaneously encouraging and so very challenging.

    Are you reading The Weight of Glory now? I loved it.

  2. I would love to read The Weight of Glory, but I’m reading so many things for class that I don’t know if it’s possible! This particular quote came from a Lent devotional I’m reading this year. I feel so surrounded by exhortation and encouragement with these readings and all our grooveshark music. =]

  3. Hmm… post-Lent book club, maybe? It’s a neat book because it’s made up of shorter essays on many different topics. We’d have lots to discuss. šŸ™‚

    And I agree, the music sets the tone for a shift in perspective toward more eternal things.

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