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And Forgive Us Our Trespasses

I used to think that to forgive someone was to release them from an obligation they had incurred by wronging me. Such a definition is easy to formulate and fits neatly into certain elegant theories about right and wrong. However, I think that what is more true is that we are all, already, under measureless obligation to forgive one another because of that law which says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” When we ask God to forgive us, however, we are not asking him to fulfill an obligation. There are theological… Read more And Forgive Us Our Trespasses