FORGIVENESS FIRST. "The sequence of forgiveness and then repentance, rather than repentance and then forgiveness, is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace." -- from The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.
GRACE AWAITS. Forgiveness precedes repentance. When you repent (ah, another word worth redeeming from the cliche pile!) you find yourself already forgiven. What are the implications of this for interpersonal relationships? Have I already forgiven those who have sinned against me? What are the implications of this for international relations? How can grace be woven into international policy? Or can grace not be policy-ized?