"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32
Don't you wish everyone had the attitude of the Bishop? Show Christ's love to everyone. No matter what. Even if they are the scum of the earth.
Having Christ's love inside us is the only way to show it to others. When we have a relationship with Him, we end up acting like Him.
Imagine a guy being caught stealing your silverware. You'd want justice served, wouldn't you? Not Jesus! He loved the unlovely, and forgave all their sins, when they acknowledged their wrong. Even on the cross, Christ forgave those who crucified Him.
The Bishop of Digne showed Valjean mercy and grace. It brought the sinner to his knees. Not only did he forgive the theft, refusing to accuse him (mercy), but he gave him the candlesticks as well (grace). Wow! What a picture!
Unconditional love. Just like the Bishop, Jesus Christ waits with open arms. We just need to come to him in repentance. He will forgive.