How some people see forgiveness
Forgiveness is easy when it fits our agenda.
Judging the Forgiven
In this sense, it’s a matter of exercising good judgment. For example:
- You might forgive an employee who stole from you, but that doesn’t mean you should unhesitatingly allow her access to the cash box.
- A drug addict might get clean and apologize to everyone he hurt along the way, but his first job out of rehab probably shouldn’t be taking inventory in a pharmacy.
- If your boss yells at you every time no one is around to hear it, you can forgive but still decide never to put yourself in that situation again.
That’s because a person’s character and abilities and temperament – along with a multitude of other factors – must be taken into account in judging the best way to interact with that person, including whether to interact with him or her at all. Even Jesus told his friends that sometimes you have to shake the dust off and move on.