Some families have some weird rules about what is forgivable and what is unforgivable.
- Like whether the toilet paper goes over or under on the roll.
- Or whether the toothpaste tube should be squeezed in the middle (like it is by the barbarian I live and work with) or flattened up from the end, like a polite person should do.
- I once overheard a woman scream at her child from across a park, “You put that down! We are a Pepsi family!”
Knowing what’s forgivable and what’s not is how we stay in a family, or a group of friends, or a community. And usually, no one comes right out and says what’s unforgivable.
Usually we find that out that key piece of information right after we did whatever it happens to be.
But Jesus comes right out and tells us what the only thing is that we can’t do.