“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ― C.S. Lewis
Inexcusable is defined as “impossible to excuse or justify; unpardonable.”
A list of synonyms for this word includes unforgivable, indefensible, unjustifiable, outrageous, unpardonable, unwarrantable, inexpiable.
Sounds like we’ve got a big task ahead of us if we as Christians are expected to forgive the inexcusable.
Have you ever had anything happen to you that you believed or felt was inexcusable? Stop and think — anything so horrible that it was unforgivable or unpardonable?
Forgive a personal reference here. Almost two decades ago, I received a call on a Friday evening. My mother’s voice at the other end of the line held a shakiness and the sound of tears.
I was impatient. We were to meet friends for dinner soon. So I pushed her to hurry. That’s when she blurted out that a nephew had been the victim of thieves. At first, I didn’t quite get the gist of her words, but quickly came to understand that my nephew had been murdered.
Murdered. Stolen from us in cold blood. Gunned down by a man who believed that my nephew and his wife might be having an affair. They were former high school sweethearts but had each gone away to college and married other people. This man just happened to see them talking at a company picnic where both families were in attendance. All a huge mistake in so many ways.
Proud of his plan to kill my nephew, this man told his wife and eldest son what he intended to do. Of course, their words amounted to hearsay on police reports and were not admissible in the courtroom.
Because no weapon was found and the suspected murderer couldn’t be placed at the scene of the crime, and despite his running away and hiding in another state for some months, the jury found him not guilty.
Murdered. Stolen from us in cold blood. Inexcusable act. Forgive this man? How were we to do that? My brother lost a son, I lost a nephew, a young boy lost his father, my mother lost a grandson — our family lost a whole person, leaving an empty place at the table in the heart of every family gathering.
We were supposed to forgive this act of violence, this inexcusable act?
Yes, we were to be Christians. We were supposed to forgive. I have tried, and I know others in the family have tried. Some of us have been successful.
How you might ask? By relying on the Word of God to be our Guide and by reflecting on the truth that God gave his only Son to save us from our sins, some of which are likely inexcusable in the eyes of some. God’s Son shed His blood for us, for our inexcusable acts.
What will you do when something inexcusable happens to you, a member of your family, in your workplace? Will you be able to forgive the inexcusable?
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