Christ's forgiveness of our sins is not the reprieve of a judge but the embrace of a lover. (John Main)
Yeah, perhaps, but I'm more comfortable with Richard Holloway (and Jacques Derrida) on this - forgiveness is most itself when it forgives the unforgivable. In other words, forgiveness is hyperbolic, though we might want to say, 'gracious.' Perhaps the difference is more semantic than substantive but I prefer Holloway's approach.
Yes, forgiveness is most real when (following Derrida) it is asymmetrical. Johnny Main wouldn't have disagreed I suspect.