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How Many Times To Forgive

How many times do you forgive someone that has hurt you and your child physically and mentally over and over again when its your "family"?

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 ---sherr7589 on 4/7/09
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how many times do you expect God to forgive you when you ask him?so how many times do you think he expects you to forgive others?
---tom2 on 6/2/09

if you are a believer in jesus,then as many times as you are asked,and every time you are asked.
---tom2 on 6/1/09

Jesus said that you forgive them 70 times 7. However, this does not mean that you have to be their friend or take them back.

Be smart.
---amand6348 on 5/5/09

Thank u all4 ur reaponces. It is nice 2 have ur support and prayers. It really has helped me 2 get through this.
---sherr7589 on 4/9/09

**I actually just read in the Gospel of Matthew that unless you experience God's forgiveness towards you, then you won't be able to forgive others. I paraphrased that, but I understood what it meant....**

Et reliqua.

Very well put, donna8365.

This is the point I was trying to make.
---katavasia on 4/8/09

You do not have to hang around people who is hurting you over and over again! Forgiveness, the ability to do so must come from God through you. However, God, does not have to forgive. It is not in God's will for any person to be abused by anyone. If you belong to Jesus, ask Him what to do. Stay in prayer. So far I find God does not require me to hang around abusers. And abuse can come in different ways. Some people loves to try and intimidate. Even their looks can be most intimidating. [military look]. I believe is the phrase which God uses. I absolutely hate this stuff. Always be sure that you are treating people right. If in doubt, ask God, "How am I doing"? And so forth.
---catherine on 4/8/09

I like katavasia's answer.

I actually just read in the Gospel of Matthew that unless you experience God's forgiveness towards you, then you won't be able to forgive others. I paraphrased that, but I understood what it meant.

Ask God to show you HIS forgiveness towards your sins, your transgressions and your iniquities (yes there is a difference between the three).

Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. You will still hurt over the offense, but if you CHOOSE to forgive because God tells us to, then the healing will come along each and every day you live it out. CHOOSE to forgive - it's not a feeling, it's a choice and God will honor you for making that choice and He will heal you.
---donna8365 on 4/8/09

You must forgive for your own spiritual health. However to forgive someone who continues to do wrong, as though you're suppose to continue to be their punching bag...all the while forgiving every punch, is not even scriptural.

What is that other person learning from you?

I can forgive my babysitter for stealing from me, but until she see's what she is doing is wrong, and is the first to admit she was wrong...I will not have her back in my house.

Sorry she got caught is not sorry at all!

God has called us to peace, Marriage and family are a gift, not a nightmare!
---kathr4453 on 4/8/09

"As many times as you want God to forgive you."
---katavasia on 4/7/09

What a wonderful answer!!!
---mima on 4/8/09

You never need to suffer abuse for any reason, there is no Biblical presidence for being someone's victim. If you are in danger then seek safety for you and your children. Forgiveness does not involve you being someone's punching bag. You can forgive someone while protecting yourself and your family even if it is from a different address.
---TIMOTHY on 4/8/09

I can hurt people. This is what I need to be concerned about. I can hurt people and not even know what I did or said could hurt someone. So, I don't need to be comparing myself to others who may be more obviously hurtful and evil. In your case, Sherr, I don't know the "details", etc. I might first be concerned about how God wants me to forgive and love *all* people > this includes some very horrible characters. This includes not allowing evil to decide how I am and what I do. So, I submit to God, for you, so I pray how He really wants, with hope for what He can do to actually change any evil person. Our Apostle Paul was into killing Christians > killing mommies and daddies is pretty heavy child abuse, I'd say.
---Bill_bila5659 on 4/7/09

As many times as you want God to forgive you.
---katavasia on 4/7/09

Jesus' answer to Peter when asked this question was "70x7" which does not mean literally to count 490 times of forgiving then "let'em have it," If anyone is going to keep count to that extreme, then they haven't forgiven at all. We are to forgive as often as we are asked to, especially when you take into consideration the extent to which each of us have been forgiven. It's not easy being a christian, but, then no one ever said it would be.
---tommy3007 on 4/7/09

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