The Bible tells us that we all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Because we have all sinned we all need forgiveness. It is not by anything that we can do for God that we receive forgiveness. We must confess our sins (1 John 1:9) and repent which is to change your mind for the better and enthusiastically change your ways, with hatred of your past sins (Luke 13:3). When we do this God will forgive us no matter what we have done. There is a story about a man named Jonah in the Bible. Jonah was sent to the town of Ninevah to preach the gospel to the people to get them to repent. These people were very wicked and God was going to give them one chance to change their ways or they would be destroyed. After listening to Jonah they all repented and were made right before God. One thing we must remember about forgiveness is that even as God is so willing to give it to us so we must also be willing to give it to others (Matt. 6:14). God will always continue to forgive as long as we purpose to do what is right and stay in good standing with him through confession and repentance of our sins. We do not, however, need to confess to any particular person. We do have to make sure that our heart attitude is in the right place and when we do repent we do it because we have no intention of falling into that sin again.
Published on Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 2:11 PM CDT
LJC texted this response: Does forgiving someone mean you have to like them and be around them?
No, we do not have to like and be around people that have done us wrong. When we forgive we choose not to hold that wrong against them, but that doesn't make us best buds just because they are forgiven. The Bible does call us to love others. Love means helping others to be better not just tolerating them and their sin. So, even if we forgive others unless they change and begin living a godly life it's a good idea to steer clear.
Posted on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:14 AM CST