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May 30, 2012


We will extend God's forgiveness to all those who come in brokenhearted repentance? God's forgiveness is His to extend. Maybe I just misunderstood.
Help me out here.

Apparently no one understands what #7 is actually supposed to mean.

Hi Billy,
I think it means something like the following ....

We receive God's forgiveness and, being made in His image, we are called to forgive. I think of forgiveness as a supernatural gift from God. It is a communicable trait of His and a means by which He is redeeming the universe. We forgive because we are forgiven. By His forgiveness we have the power to forgive.
As His image-bearers, as salt and light, and as members of the Body we are acting as His hands and feet on Earth. We are conduits of His love and of His forgiveness, and we are participants in these.

Forgive - The mercy and compassion which God recommends extend to the forgiving of all the injuries we have received, or can receive. To imitate in this the mercy of God is not a mere counsel; since it is proposed as a necessary mean, in order to receive mercy. What man has to forgive in man is almost nothing: man's debt to God is infinite. And who acts in this matter as if he wished to receive mercy at the hand of God! The spirit of revenge is equally destitute of faith and reason.

"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."

"32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”"


Thanks for taking the time to respond. I was leaning in that direction, but the wording in the original post made it sound like we are forgiving people for their sins. Sins that are not against us in particular. Jesus angered people for forgiving sin in the name of the Father. Maybe I was just splitting hairs. It helps to have a second opinion on these things.

My pleasure, Billy.
Glad we are on the same page.

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