Everything about forgiveness in The Bible
One of the most demanding issues a person may be called to cope with, is respond to wickedness, with kindness. This is a genuine act of faith that requires a profound grasp of morality and a great desire for peace.
Forgiveness is the uppermost value needed in becoming, practising, and remaining a good Christian. The words ‘forgiveness’, 'forgive' and 'forgiven' appear 116 times in the Bible, with the main theme being that God is a forgiving God.
In the New Testament, Jesus speaks of the importance of Christians forgiving one another and showing a great deal of mercy to others. Christians learn through scripture that forgiveness also comes with a heavy burden.
“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”. (Matthew 6: 14-16)
Biblical texts also encourage a great deal of tolerance. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” ,(Colossians 3: 13). Forgiveness is a meaningful biblical concept. Since it goes against basic human nature, those who are willing to forgive do so by faith alone.
Christians are urged and, in some cases, even pressured into learning the meaning of forgiveness and how forgiveness is closely related to a person’s salvation. The books of the Bible consisting of the Old and New Testaments portray the image of an infinite and personal God that forgives every person who is truly remorseful of their sins and seeks forgiveness. Indeed, Christianity is the only religion that offers the possibility of complete absolution.
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. (Luke 23: 34)
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