Sunday, October 11, 2020

Lewis: in need of forgiveness

Sunday, October 11, 2020
    Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675
    Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
    —James 2:12-13 (NIV)
    It is hard enough, even with the best will in the world, to be just. It is hard, under the pressure of haste, uneasiness, ill-temper, self-complacency, and conceit, even to continue intending justice. Power corrupts; the “insolence of office” will creep in. We see it so clearly in our superiors; is it unlikely that our inferiors see it in us? How many of those who have been over us did not sometimes (perhaps often) need our forgiveness? Be sure that we likewise need the forgiveness of those that are under us.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “The Psalms”, in Christian Reflections, ed. Walter Hooper, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1967, p. 119-120 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 2:12-13; Matt. 5:7; 6:14-15; 7:1-2; 18:28-35; Col. 3:17; 2 Pet. 1:4-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, don’t let me cover up my need for forgiveness.
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