Forgiveness seems to be a recent common topic among the blogs I visit, so I decided to contribute. As Christians we believe we should forgive like Christ forgave us. We all know this can be difficult, yet it may be more difficult to completely forgive and not bring it up again.
"He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea."
As my Pastor frequently says after referencing this verse "God then put up a no fishing sign.". True forgiveness doesn't allow digging up old dirt. I think the Bible reemphasizes this when it describes love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
There are some questions that come to mind: Should we not use a person's past for evaluation (i.e. politician or any leadership position)? Do away with the sex offenders list? Is there an exception with punishment? Is there a difference between forgiving and using the past for evaluating someone's character or is it just stereotyping?