Forgiveness Flounders….

"...In light of the justice and love of God...hate recedes and the seed is planted for the miracle of forgiveness.  Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans even as I exclude myself from the community of sinners. But no one can be in the presence of the God of the crucified Messiah for long without overcoming this double exclusion - without transposing the enemy from the sphere of monstrous inhumanity into the sphere of shared humanity and herself from the sphere of proud innocence into the sphere of common sinfulness. When one knows that the torturer will not eternally triumph over the victim, one is free to rediscover that person's humanity and imitate God's love for him. And when one knows that God's love is greater than all sin, one is free to see oneself in the light of God's justice and so rediscover one's own sinfulness.  In the presence of God, our rage over injustice may give way to forgiveness which in turn will make the search for justice for all possible.  If forgiveness does not take place it will be but an echo of the forgiveness granted by the just and loving God – the only forgiveness that ultimately matters, because, though we must forgive, in a very real sense no one can either forgive and retain sins ‘but God alone’ (Mark 2:7).”

Miroslov Volf, Exclusion and Embrace