You are forgiving but others are not or the other way around.
We may have different views and interpretations as far as the Bible’s passages are concerned in line with the topic on “unforgiveness”. I take time out searching the different situations in the Bible about “unforgiveness” and the fate of those who were unforgiving for nurturing that hard attitude to forgive others who sinned against them. This Sunday seems to discuss that matter for we are much concerned as a Christian the future of those hard-headed people who remain unforgiving as they live or even forever which seems impossible, but there are who are like that.
We believe that there is a Father in heaven who cares and loves us. He won’t forgive us if we don’t forgive our fellow beings who trespassed against us. (Mark 11:26; Matthew 6:15) He looks at our hearts if we are forgiving or not. (Matthew 18:35).
In Isaiah 2:9, this tells about a man who is mean. Though he humbles himself yet he shouldn’t be forgiven and so as with the “great man”. Why? What’s wrong with them? What is being “mean”? What is being “great”? These are the attitudes of men that don’t deserve to be forgiven.
In like manner, there are people who couldn’t understand especially those spiritual things. They do things contrary to the norms and standards of the society for they don’t know what they are doing. However they may have the chance to be forgiven when they forsake those sinful ways they have been to. (Mark 4:12)
God is love. God cares but He is a “jealous God”. We should serve Him none other else. If not, He won’t forgive transgressions or sins. It is in service that we deserve His forgiveness. (Joshua 24:19) And this one is the so-called the unpardonable sin if we blaspheme against the Holy Ghost. And it would be our eternal damnation. (Mark 3:29)
Great sorrow is suffered by those who haven’t forgiven. (2 Corinthians 2:7)
Why Should They Be Forgiving?
This seems to be in contradiction to the previous verse. God is merciful and forgiving though we go against His will by being rebellious. (Daniel 9:9)
We should forgive others for our sins have remitted by Jesus’ blood. (Colossians 1:14) We worry and are afraid of Him for the sins we have committed. But we don’t know that there is forgiveness. (Psalms 130:4)
For God Himself is doing the missionary work and preaching the true spirit of forgiveness. (Acts 13:38) That is why we should be obedient. We should practice what we teach.
In Acts 26:18, the content of such preaching is to let those sinners know the truth, to entice them of doing good and what is right and let them accept the spiritual power of God over the workings of the Devil.
Being forgiving is exemplified by those who want to be forgiven of their own sins too. As what the Golden Rule so declares we should support it for hate begets hate and love begets love. (Luke 6:37) It is further declared by Luke 11:4 as what Jesus prayed.
What Extent We Should Forgive?
It is simply stated in Luke 7:47 that much had been committed, much love is needed. Likewise, whom little is forgiven, little love is required.
It is required that we should be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another. In so doing, God will forgive us. (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13)
It is praying that we could set ourselves to be forgiving for we know that we have the Father in Heaven who would forgive us. (Mark 11:25) Aside from prayer, we should repent and have in our heart the faithful desire to forgive others. (Acts 8:22) And we should tell Him our unrighteousness, our sins. In so doing, we will be cleansed. (1 John 1:9)
To what extend we should forgive, it is seven times seven. (Matthew 18:21; Luke 17:4)
The Lord is good, ready to forgive, and merciful. (Psalms 86:5) What else can we do?
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