Christian forgiveness is incredibly challenging. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. For [God] himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.” (Luke 6:27-28, 35) That’s a pretty hard act to follow, and seems like a sure way to be taken advantage of. Pray for those who abuse you? Be kind to the ungrateful? Okay, maybe, but to the wicked? Don’t they deserve a lighting bolt or wasting disease? How could we possibly live this? If you think about it, though, anything else isn’t actually forgiveness. You only forgive when there is something to forgive. So, we have to look beyond the offense, look beyond the hurt, and look into the soul of the person in front of us. When we join in the hate, the hate increases. When we refuse to participate, the hate doesn’t even know where to go. It’s not that we can’t set boundaries; rather it is setting them from love, not from anger. Tomorrow, we’ll see an example of what that is like.