“In the perfect sense, forgiveness is not reconciliation when forgiveness is asked for; but it is reconciliation to need to forgive beforehand long before the other is person is perhaps thinking of seeking forgiveness.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
This duty to love is blind to the identity of the beloved. Because of the imperative “shall”, this love is given unconditionally and equally to all persons without any distinctions. When we do our duty to love, we find our neighbor.
He saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,