Thinking Biblically

31 Jan

Thinking Biblically  about Forgiveness

Forgiveness does not mean that we treat evil deeds as if they were good.

True biblical forgiveness requires that sin be called sin and nothing else.

Forgiveness is not pretending that what happened to me was somehow not really bad.

Forgiveness does not mean there can not be righteous anger at the wrong done and pain caused by the sins of others.

There should be righteous anger without sin.  Eph 4:26

Forgiveness does not mean there are not painful consequences for those sins.

Forgiveness does not look the same when the offender has not repented. Luke 17:3-4.  We always have the obligation to release all offenders of their debts before God (Luke 23:34). 

“Be on your guard!  If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he sins against you 7 times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, “I repent,”  forgive him.” 

This means we do not hang on to offenses; we do not harbor ill-feelings anger, or bitterness.

If the offender does not repent, then forgiveness is not explicitly expressed and reconciliation does not occur. (Rom 12:19)

“Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written,  “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

There are people you will encounter that will have no boundaries, they will have no respect for you. They will grab any opportunity to take your labor and your good works in Christ,  and will lie and gossip to others about you, to build their own reputation with it. They do not do this in light of what Scripture says, but out of their own self-ambitions.  And then they continue to practice sinning against you without repentance.

 

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