This article explains that extending forgiveness to those who ask for it should not wait until it is discerned whether the offender is sincere. Forgiveness should be granted upon the request itself. In cases where the offender needs help in overcoming sin, help should be given as well.
Forgiveness is the soil in which spiritual fruits and divine blessings are cultivated. This article explains that extending forgiveness to others brings great blessings upon the Christian life.
Forgiveness: why is it so hard? It is hard because we are called to relinquish our desire for revenge and trust God's justice.
Forgiving yourself—can this be the freedom from the guilt you are struggling with? Self-forgiveness is not a biblical concept. Freedom from the slavery of self-forgiveness can come by knowing the forgiveness we have in Christ. The article explains this, as well as ways to deal with the sinful mindset of self-forgiveness.
How can heaven and earth be joined together when they are currently so separated? This article gives the answer: through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He fulfills all the recoverings that happened in the Old Testament sacrificial liturgy by becoming the covering himself. This article concludes with reflections on how this comes into the Christian life of forgiveness, based on 1 John 1:6-2:2.
Every Christian sins, so every Christian needs to ask forgiveness. Yet how we ask forgiveness speaks to the quality of our repentance. This article mentions five ways we can evaluate whether our repentance is sincere or not.
This article dispels some common myths about forgiveness. These myths include the idea that you cannot forgive until you have worked through your emotions against the offender, forgiving while still angry or upset is hypocritical, and if I forgive, I must forget. The article concludes with a definition of forgiveness.
To build a healthy marriage one must know that some things do not call for a response of forgiveness. This article identifies three things in particular.
Forgiveness is a promise to no longer remember someone’s sin and to stop holding it against them. This article gives the biblical ground for this definition.
Christians are commanded to forgive. What does that entail? To answer this question this article shows five things that forgiveness does not mean, including that there are no consequences for sin.
God's forgiveness is such that when he forgives, he chooses to remember our sins no more. This article explains what that means.
According to this article, a shift has occurred in how justification is viewed. The rise of the so-called New Perspective on Paul led to justification being viewed more in corporate terms. What is the place of the individual in Paul's view of justification? Hassler believes that the case that Paul was not really interested in “inner tensions of individual souls and consciences” has been overstated.
The Bible does not only tell us that God forgives our sins. It also uses different pictures to portray his forgiveness, showing us what God does with our sin. The article considers those pictures.
Why was the teaching of justification so important to John Calvin? For Calvin, justification and sanctification are both found in Christ and are inseparable. Justification allows for assurance of salvation, and includes the continual forgiveness of sins. The gift of justification is our only hope in facing judgment day.
In the church, forgiveness involves the offender, the offended, and the third party. The church should be a witness of Christ's forgiveness.
A deeply distressed father sat for two weeks in a pediatric ICU, watching his three-year-old son slowly die. During those two weeks he read through, quite surprisingly, a book on the Gospel. He later wrote to me, “I want to say to you the Gospel really is for real life.” This article is about sin and the forgiveness of sin.
Why do you value God’s forgiveness? Or why do you value eternal life? Have you ever considered asking why a person would want to have eternal life? Why would people want to live forever? Does God feature in how we think about these things? This article looks at John 17:3 and how this text should shape our perspective on forgiveness and eternal life.