November 23, 2014
My work this week has continued to pivot around my effort to think about the forgiveness process in practical ways. Doing so certainly raises some tough questions.
What is the relationship of love and forgiveness? How does it work? And are justice and mercy essentially constructs of relationship—i.e, are justice and mercy descriptors of ways to do relationship? If so are they dependent on love or on some established standard of accountability? Do we do justice and mercy because we love? If not, what essential characteristic makes an act just or merciful?
Obviously my work is still very much in progress. However, being a bit weary today I am strongly inclined to share my task. So—here are two tentative bottom lines from this week’s work that I would like you to consider. What do you think? .
· Mercy and justice by definition presuppose a relational context of accountability.
· Love authentically expressed is not naïve.
And—admittedly sneaky question in closing—how do you think relationships influence your personal practice of justice, mercy and love? In effect, is your practice of justice (or mercy) dependent on affection? What do you think Jesus thought about this?
See you next week.