CS Lewis writes of our generous ability to find excuses for our own bad behaviour but our stubborn inability to accept those excuses in another.
(Presupposing you accept the existence of something so old fashioned as the idea of bad behaviour…)
He continues that even if there is reasonable excuse for a harmful or hurtful action or attitude, even if 99 per cent of the situation might be excused, it is the forgiving of what remains that counts.
If we only seek to excuse what we or another has done wrong (another old-fashioned idea) then nothing changes in us or them. But we become better at excuses – and entire industries are spawned.
God is willing to forgive the inexcusable in us which is why he makes this conditional on us forgiving the inexcusable in others. Even the niggling one per cent. Even after ’70 times 7′ occasions.
I find reading of these ideas helps build an accountability in my spirit which I need to rise even slightly above the dust of a groaning creation.
The moving of the Spirit on chaos, a cool breeze on an anguished face, salt on my wayward tongue.