God sent His son to fulfill the REQUIREMENT ("purification of our soul" Hebrews 9:14) necessary for us to return to Him with everlasting life. Human forgiveness of each other is different. Human forgiveness is only necessary if that person is first held in contempt, and it is only meaningful if that person first acknowledges and admits their offense.
---greg on 3/15/08|
Geraldine, if God is more ready to forgive than we are to ask, what does that say about forgiving those who have offended us? HMMMMM???
Hint: What do we find right in the middle of the Lord's Prayer: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
---Jack on 3/14/08|
You forgive anyways. We should all know this>>> God is God and we His creations. That is all that we are. God can save or choose not to, God can forgive or choose not to, God can kill or choose not to, God can do whatever He chooses to do. We, only His creative beings. God is God. We must obey Him. God does not have to answer to you or anyone else. We have to answer to God. Do you understand? We obey God not the other way around.
---catherine on 7/29/07|
"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
---Nana on 7/16/07|
Matthew 18:22 "Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." The parable following
Matthew 18:22 shows me that God forgives in the measure that
I forgive another. "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." is a just confession to God of my
acknowledging of justice where I humbly ask a measure for a
measure of forgiveness.
---Nana on 7/16/07|
Even more noteworthy is the fact that it states "Forgive us..."
rather than "Forgive me...". So then it is that my prayer ought
to be "for us" and not for me. As far as "us" is concerned, we
are called to resolve our issues one-on-one with our brother. If
that gets nowhere then the "us" is to expand unto the 'body' of
---Nana on 7/17/07|
"That if two of you shall agree...", Matthew 18:19.
If that do not work, well, we are not of one body and we are
called to let them be, Matthew 18:17. Somewhere in there
confession comes into play. However we should never be
bitter or resentful because our brother chose the company
of the heathen and the publicans.
---Nana on 7/17/07|
No. If we wait for those who offend us to confess to us we will forever be in bondage of bitterness and resentment quenching the fire of the Holy Ghost and blocked from hearing the voice of God speak to us and through us.
---Marcia on 7/16/07|
We are to forgive as Christ forgave...Hows that? While we were still enemies and sinners. Before we even asked to be forgiven.
---duane on 7/16/07|
No. You could die waiting for an apology that will never come. If you die in unforgiveness, your(our) Heavenly Father will not forgive us our trespasses.
---Jenny on 7/16/07|
I don't think that we are given that option. We are forgiven in the same measure that we forgive I believe and it certainly isn't easy - sometimes.
---RitaH on 7/16/07|
Scripture does not say we have to wait for an offender to confess to us. It does say we must forgive the offense regardless. Read the Lord's Prayer in Matthew.
---Madison1101 on 7/16/07|
Well, it does say, "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17) And, "forgiving one another,
. . . . . . . even as God
in Christ forgave you" (in Ephesians 4:32)
So, how does God forgive? Very lovingly, very eagerly, very gladly. Jesus forgave us, in His heart, on Calvary, long before we asked Him. So . . . to be like God . . . we would need to be lovingly forgiving like this BEFORE the person confesses.
---Bill_bila5659 on 7/16/07|
If you expect someone to come to you to confess before you forgive them, it is called for-selling, NOT for-giving. When you forgive, you do it with no strings attached (don't expect anything in return, including their confession).
---Leslie on 7/15/07|
No. We can't make anyone confess their sin. Because if we do then it wouldn't come from the heart. Regardless what people do to us or say to us, we are supposed to forgive them. I know first hand that it is hard to forgive someone whom has done you wrong. The key to forgiveness is get over your pride. Most people won't forgive because of their pride.
---Rebecca_D on 7/15/07|