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The Bible speaks of two kinds of forgiveness-human forgiveness, that of people extending forgiveness toward others, and divine forgiveness, God's forgiving human beings. Is there a difference? The ...
This question finds it summation in in Matt 6: 9-15. After providing us the Lord's prayer which contains "forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us", The Christ is then recorded responding to some inquiry, we do not know the question or reason, but the Bible testifies this "Yes, if you forgive others their failings, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours, but if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either". This verse directly states that in order to receive God's merciful grace unto salvation, to be forgiven, one must also truly forgive others debts/trespass done to him. This is not a simple dismissal of some one's transgression done to us, but rather a love of God agape forgiving of a loss inflicted. This cannot be simple, and may take substantial work in resolve to accomplish. Someone who has lost a loved one due to another's foolish negligence, deliberate harm done to someone in felonious crime, indiscriminately carried out, terrorism, financial harm, etc.. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ rest upon us all, be our deliver and defender, heal our wounds, and secure our souls, Amen.
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