Friday, April 19, 2013

Must I forgive everyone?

Luke 17:3  Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:4  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

There is a condition to forgiveness, the person must say "I repent" (even if he doesn't mean it?) In Matthews gospel there was no condition given.
Mat 18:21  Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Mat 18:22  Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
Another condition is that the one you forgive is a brother, someone close, someone who has confessed faith in God.
It seems to me that to forgive someone that they would have to be sorry for what they did. If no repentance, then we should remove our self from them and do not be their victim. Pray that they repent and leave them be and give them to the LORD.
Rom 16:17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Rom 16:18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

2 Cor 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

If they repent forgive them, if they are unrepentant sinners, give them to God and do not carry their guilt and condemnation. Hold no malice towards anyone; pray for their salvation because Jesus forgave you when you were yet a sinner. If you reprove a sinner on the way to hell they may say "your judging me." Warn them in a loving way and Jesus will judge them, leave them to him.

A final verse to ponder by the Holy Spirit:

Mat 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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