It’s amazing how forgiveness can be used as a weapon.

Sometimes telling someone you forgive them can come across a highly offensive claim to the moral high ground. And the person who doesn’t believe they are in the wrong takes an offer of forgiveness as an insult.

And yet, to the person who is genuinely remorseful, the person who is desperate to be forgiven and reconciled back to the person they have harmed, there are no sweeter words than, “I forgive you.”

When faced with all the crimes the Church has committed in the past and the present ā€“ the judgementality, the bigotry, the discrimination, even the violence ā€“ the Christian who doesn’t understand unity will turn to the world and denounce and condemn these “other Christians”, distancing themselves from their works.

But the Christian who understands unity will turn to the world and say, “I am sorry.”

Anyone who would object to the notion of God on the grounds of suffering, should only do so with the knowledge that there exists one religion that conceives of a God who experienced more of that suffering than any other being in the universe, in order to rescue us from it.

If “God” is to be found guilty, then this God must be among those put on trial, as a suffering God is the only God Christians have ever proposed.

When someone has hated you, to see them express love and compassion towards others is always stained with a tinge of disbelief, a dismissive scepticism.

What good is their love for all those people if they refused to love you?

But then you have to ask the same question of yourself.