Jesus knew this and gave him the support and attention that he needed. Verse 8 says, ‘But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord: “Look!The half of my belongings, Lord, I am giving to the poor, and whatever I extorted from anyone by false accusation I am restoring fourfold.”’ Not only was Zacchaeus moved to repent commensurate to his deviation–he went magnitudes beyond.
They may have ceased their sinful course, even for some months, and are displaying “fruits that befit repentance”. One elder said to a repentant one, “The issue is not whether you are repentant, but whether you are repentant “An individual may have gone so far into sin that be may not be able to demonstrate sufficient repentance to the judicial committee at the time of the hearing.
Attitude is defined as “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation”.
Like repentance, judgment of attitude can be quite subjective. Goodness knows that if judicial committees were held before people got their first cup of coffee, there would be no mercy on anyone.
The absence of empathy and the hardening of the heart that occurs comes from a lack of accurate knowledge, from myths that have been perpetuated from the publications, the platform, and casual conversation.
Unless a person has passed through this fiery trial, they are not truly equipped to speak in regard to the reality as those of us who have. The stereotype of the brazen, unrepentant sinner with a bad attitude might characterize some judicial cases for sure, but certainly not all.