Liz Lemon Swindle.
The scriptures teach us to repent and to forgive to be accepting and to love. These are all actions Christ did himself. From the harlot surrounded by men where he said, “let him without sin cast the first stone” to the ultimate betrayer Judas who was the instrument of prophecy. We so often say we forgive then that lovely afterthought is shared and it always seems to start with the word “but.” I was taught any statement or compliment that is said and then is followed by the word but has conditions. Christ’s love was unconditional and if we are to aspire to be like him then we should start with losing all the buts.
Other times we say we forgive or we understand. Nevertheless, we make these statements often times from a distance. Jesus Christ new that Judas would betray him and Peter would deny him three times beforehand and still washed their feet and administered unto them. How often have we had to face the one who afflicted us head on or daily? How many of our friends we say we understand what they are going through have had to face their afflicter constantly yet never took the time to think of facing them constantly. When the times comes and you are faced with these choices will you take the easy road and say the pretty words from a distance or will you face the one who committed the folly and love unconditionally?