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Should We Forgive People

The Bible tells us if possible, to be at peace with all men. So why aren't Christians doing Matthew 5:22-24? If it were you, wouldn't you want a clean slate and go to that person and make amends with them and forgive them and love them in the Lord Jesus? Or am I taking the Word of God too literally?

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 ---Donna9759 on 12/14/06
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We are to follow peace with all men, when possible. But it may not be possible,sometimes. But we are to forgive and patch things up with others when we can. There are christians who are living sanctified and holy lives. You cannot judge all christians by a few. If we want to see God,one day we had better be doing what He has asked us to do. Holiness without,which no man shall see the Lord. The bible is true and right.
---Robyn on 8/17/11

Ann--- Let me re-word your question. Whether we forgive or not, why should Jesus love and forgive us? Under any circumstances, what have we ever done to deserve Christ's love and forgiveness? He has said to love others as He has loved us.

James--Jesus didn't demand an apology when He said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
---Donna66 on 6/22/11

Robyn-- Amen. And they may not necessarily be less mature...maybe just more wounded than we understand (and perhaps for reasons we could never know) In any case, you are right.Forgive and go on.
Life is too short to hang on to unforgiveness.
---Donna66 on 6/22/11

Yes we are to forgive. But sometimes the other person is not as mature as you are. You approach them and they do not want to forgive or to be approached. What are you to do? I would forgive the person in my heart, confess to God and move on. That's all I can do. I have had experience with this. The person was still holding the anger and did not want to even talk about it. I had no time to continue to deal with this. I forgave so I could move on with my life. Forgiveness of for you. Not the other person.
---Robyn on 6/22/11

A look at the Scripture Elena quoted. Second Chronicles 7:14 contains the following phrase,"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways," notice God calls these people my people while they are yet guilty of having wicked ways. I consider this Scripture to be one of the most defining concerning the O.S.A.S. teaching.
---mima on 6/22/11

Wow!this one I got to ease n ..Let me tell you ..we must forgive! 2chr.7:14If my people who are called by my name,will humble and pray turn from their wicked ways,then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and will heal their,mt.6:14,mt.18:21
---ELENA on 6/22/11

Blessings mary, when Jesus was being crucified on the Cross of Calvary, He stated, Father, forgive them for they know not whay they do. Forgiveness sets us free. You forgive and love the person, in the Lord who has wronged you, not only for their benefit, but for yours as well. If you hang on to unforgiveness, eventually a root of bitterness will spring up, which does not Glorify our Lord. God Bless friend!
---Cynthia on 11/18/07

Mary, as you pray for those who've wronged you despite your feelings, you are being obedient, and God often, with time,or even in a moment, changes those feelings. Bless you, and keep perservering regardless of feelings!
---christina on 11/11/07

Bless you Bob, I'm glad you brought that point up, that forgiveness isn't necessarily about feelings. That has often thrown me for a loop because if I were to meet my brother's killer even today, my flesh would want to "return the favor"! But I can pray for his salvation without feeling "warm" towards him and I am thankful for that. :)
---Mary on 10/29/07

Forgiveness is not the 'love' doctrine of humanism.

Mark 11:25, 26
The Christian forgives others as our Heavenly forgives us.
The Christian asks forgiveness for our sins, iniquities and transgressions.

Love is not forgiveness and forgiveness is not a feeling. It is an act of the will.
By an act of the will, we choose Jesus Christ.
---Bob on 10/29/07

If you can't forgive everybody then why should Jesus forgive you? So, yes it maybe hard, but you are surpose to forgive and love everybody including your enemies, if you can't do that then why should Jesus forgive and love u?
---ANN on 10/29/07

James, I have to disagree. I believe we are to forgive even when one is unrepentant. while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, and while on the cross He said Father forgive them for they know not what they're doing, Steven said the same while being stoned to death. If they'd known what the were doing, at least some would have been repentant. Jesus asked forgiveness for them anyways.
---christina on 10/29/07

Jesus says there's a big difference between loving and forgiving. Jesus never said forgive your enemy, but love your enemy. You should love unrepentant people without forgiving, always being willing to forgive when they acknowledge sin. We've made a big mistake claiming forgiveness is how to rid of anger. Biblically, getting rid of anger helps us forgive - forgiveness is not how you rid of anger. Always love, anger will flee, justice will reign. Always forgive, you will create a world of Hitlers.
---james on 10/28/07

How do you think Jesus sees us when we behave badly towards the sinner and not sacrifice our own stubbornness confess our sins with each other, making an effort to get to the root of the problem explain where we are coming from in Christ and why it is important to sort the differences out regardless of whether one wishes to forgive us or not We ought to ask God to help us to continue do the things we would with the person ignoring whether they respond or not. It shows true forgiveness and humility
---Carla5754 on 10/26/07

What about this: I forgave a person in my heart about something they said about me that was really cruel and hurtful, but now I just don't really want to hang out with her not because i hate her just I don't like to because of the things she constantly says and she just gets under my skin and this stesses me out. How do I continue this when I have to still see her (my mother in law).
---lou on 10/26/07

Why not? Who is so great. God's people Sin all of the time. So we have to humble ourselves and ask God to forgive us===All of the time. So it is an Commandment.
---catherine on 2/21/07

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Well said Pat. We are to forgive as God has forgiven us through Jesus. At the end, God will avenge all injustice with perfect justice.
---Ben on 2/21/07

Jesus told us to forgive, even our enemies. He didn't say, "except those that..." Justice isn't ours, it belongs to God.
---Pat on 1/20/07

I'm not sure the battle of forgiveness is just about our weaknesses. It has a lot to do with how badly someone has been mistreated and for how long. Persecution over a 14 year period is hard to forgive, period. Even Jesus didn't suffer 14 years of it. Seeing your child murdered in front of you would be hard for anyone to forgive. It depends on the situation.
---faye4464 on 1/19/07

I believe God when he says to forgive those that trespass against us, Wrongfully accuse, abuse, ill-treat and hurt us, why because with God all things are possible but of ourselves we can do nothing. But God proves to us individually how we can be confident in him to help us overcome all our situations individually. Because he is a God Love.
---Carla5754 on 1/19/07

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It depends on your weaknesses--How difficult it may or may not be.Some people it just seems you can forgive quicker, than you can other people. Depends also, how much attention you pay to people SO what is the lesson HERE, IGNORE ALL PEOPLE.But really it is a commandment, we must forgive, because GOD said to do it.
---CATHERINE on 1/18/07

jana, I believe true forgiveness also forgets. Of course if it's something that happens everyday it's going to be a real battle. But if it is in the past Jesus will take the memory away if you ask, and believe. When I didn't remember something that happened many years ago I was asked, "I don't understand. You were more upset about that than anyone else. How could you have forgotten?" To which I replied, "I don't know. I forgave that person and asked God to make me forget."
---Faye4464 on 1/18/07

My first husband was terrible to me. He died unexpectedly and I asked God to help me forgive him. I did not want to be any responsible for his perhaps not going to heaven because of my resentment. It was like years of my unforgiving attitude just melted away. I wish I had prayed sooner.
---Virginia on 1/15/07

we are to forgive our fellow men however, it is very hard to forget. My question 4 u is:If the other refuse to accept your apology, then what happens? I know it falls back on him but what if u want him saved as well? how can u turn him around?Do u retrieve your gift and retreat or what?
---jana on 1/15/07

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Yes, it's hard to forgive when you are faced with the same thing daily, but if Jesus can forgive his murderers while they are murdering him I'd say that's what he expects of us. After all, "we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities...." It's not really the people hurting us, it's satan controlling them. I pray God gives me the grace to keep forgiving. Sometimes it's not easy.
---faye4464 on 1/14/07

Can you forgive ultimate evil? What if a generation that did its own will forced you to follow other God's? Would you forgive that person for leading you away from your God Elohim?
---anonymous on 1/13/07

donna, absolutely, but remember many christians never realize that jesus spoke of forgiving you brother before you worship God, why ? because unforc giving spirit interferes with worship.forgiving your brother is better for you in many cases.
---tom2 on 12/16/06

read matthew 18:21-35
---Daniel on 12/15/06

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I agree with Dana because the bible says that God gives seed to the sower. In other words He has sown forgiveness in us so we can give forgiveness good measure pressed down shaken together and running over. We reap what we sow. There isn't an excuse for believers to not forgive because the bible says that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
---Rickey on 12/15/06

I do believe that at times it is harder to forgive than at other times depending on the reason. If we have unforgiveness we shouldn't be condemned, but just forgive & be forgiven(1John 1:9; 1John 2:1-2)
---Rickey on 12/15/06

No, you're not taking the Word of God too literally. That's what it says and that's what it means. I can't see any other way around it.
---john on 12/15/06

We gladly accept God's forgiveness. He forgives our sins and all we have to do is ask and repent. Do we have a right not to forgive others? Seems to me if we are willing to accept forgiveness, we have to be willing to give it also. And sometimes we have to give it when it is not even asked of us. Dana 9769
---Dana on 12/14/06

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It is not a conflict to forgive and yet to know your enemy. Satan is our enemy. His will being done by people is the enemy, not the people doing it. Such a fine line to make the distinction. Like saying a gun kills; it takes pulling the trigger. Blame the one pulling our human nature trigger of sin against another. Forgive the person. Yet, don't be open to attack either. Gird yourself with the Word of God. Be ready in season and out of season.
---mikefl on 12/14/06

the LOrds payer says forgive us our sins as we forgive others therefore if we dont forgive we are asking God not to forgive us when we poray this prayer how often shall i forgive mybrother 7 times?no says Jesus 70 times 7 and you kow what if we are counting we have not forgiven once we MUST forgive and God will give the grace to do so
---doree4573 on 12/14/06

Of course you're not taking the Bible too liberally. A good friend of mine did that just the other day. She literally did make a true attempt to be reconciled to someone that had ought against her. She is being blessed for it. True Christians do things God's way.
---marietta on 12/14/06

We must forgive those that tresspass against us. Mt 6:12-15 18:21-22, Col 3:13. If we don't forgive someone, than Christ won't forgive us. Many people won't speak to someone like a family member because of something happened, and many times they can't remember why they are bickering, but yet they still won't speak to eachother.
---Rebecca_D on 12/14/06

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All of those things are a natural result of intimacy with God, not a rule or regulation.
---Linda6563 on 12/14/06

The Lord said to owe no man anything but to love him. In Hebrews 12:14 it states; Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. If you are a Christians you will follow Matt.5:22-24.
---ShawnM.T on 12/14/06

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