Meaning of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the act of excusing or pardoning another of their error or offence. Other words for forgiveness include; leniency, remission, clemency, and most importantly, mercy. Just as our Lord Jesus demonstrated it towards us for our transgressions, genuine forgiveness stems from a heart full of mercy.
- Forgiveness is an act of love
- It is an act of kindness
- Forgiveness is an outward expression and evidence that Christ truly dwells in us
- Forgiveness is a powerful evidence that we have been crucified with Christ
- Forgiveness validates the genuineness of our salvation
- Each time we have the opportunity to forgive, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the love and mercy of God towards another human.
What Does The Bible Say On Forgiveness
Matthew 18:21-22 KJVThen came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
What The Bible Says About Forgiving
Mark 11:25 NIVAnd when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
What God Says About Forgiveness
Matthew 18:23-35 ESV“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailer, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Can You Forgive Someone And Still Not Want To Be Around Them?
Forgiveness doesn't always have to lead to reconciliation. Not all acts of forgiveness will amount to reconciliation—no matter how hard we may try. God expects us to apply wisdom to know when to genuinely forgive someone from the heart but still keep a considerable distance from them, for the peace and sanity of both parties involved.
Bible Verses About Forgiving Others Who Hurt You
Final Words On Forgiveness
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