The Measure of Forgiveness for the Unrepentant
Be Willing To Forgive the Unrepentant
A forgiving heart is a heart that is always willing to forgive.
To be willing to forgive means you choose not to repay evil with evil, but welcome reconciliation. As Christians, we must always be willing and ready to forgive no matter the level of offence.
Has God forgiven the entire human race? Certainly Not! If God has forgiven everyone, then none will face his tribunal or punishment on the last day.
Is God ready and willing to forgive the entire human race? Yes of course. God freely grants forgiveness to anyone who repents from his evil ways. They are spared from his wrath. Now is the acceptable year of the Lord. All who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved.
The Lord Jesus is willing and ready to forgive anyone who comes to him in repentance (Luke 24.47). We must follow his footsteps.
To be willing to forgive does not mean to actually forgive. To be willing to forgive simply means the offended is not going to repay evil/wrong, and he is ready for reconciliation.
The Measure of Forgiveness for the Repentant
Forgive the Repentant
What is Forgiveness?
To forgive means to discharge the offender of the debt he owes, and to work to restore the broken relationship. As Christians, we must always forgive our transgressors when they repent. Let us take a look at verses on forgiveness in the Bible:
Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day and comes back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” (Luke 17.3-4)
The Lord Jesus forgives all those who repent and receives them back in his sheepfold. He does not remember their sins. We must follow in his footsteps. To forgive means to forget the wrong and restore the relationship.