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I believe it is imperative to forgive. God forgave us multitudes of sin and never rejected us. When we sin against God, we are called to repent and resolve to not sin again. I believe it is imperative to forgive because unforgiveness makes us bitter and the bitterness separates us from God and others. I do not believe that forgiveness requires us to fellowship with people who really are vicious and will continue to make our lives miserable or put us in danger physically or in our relationship with God.
In the simplest of terms...and answers that I can think of: YES! without a semblance of a doubt! "For if ye shall not forgive others, then your Father in Heaven shall not forgive you of your transgressions". There is an old saying that states: "That if ye shall harbor unforgiveness in your heart, it will rot your very soul". And, "to live in unforgiveness is to live in unrepentant discontent". Point that God makes on this most important issue is this "Forgive and ye shall be forgiven!" ~~Blessings, Andy~~
God has already forgiven us all our trespasses. Colossians 2:13. So based on God’s forgiveness we should forgive others. I know of a case where a pastor’s son was beaten to death with a hammer in his sleep. They caught the guy that did it, and the pastor went to his trial. He told the man that he forgave him, and gave him the gospel, but said he hoped the judge executed judgment on him to the fullest extent of the law. I believe he was right in doing so. There are consequences for sin. Not loss of salvation or that would make God a liar. First John 2:2. John 3:18. But a loss of life and rewards in heaven. First Corinthians 5:5. To err is human and to forgive is divine. But we are not to just let people trample on us either. We have a God-given right to self defense. If you have a spouse that keeps cheating on you and you do nothing you are contributing to their behavior. You are condoning what they do. There are women married to wife beaters all over this country. Many times the woman has no means of support and cannot get out of the relationship. If they tell anyone they are beaten more. We live in a fallen world and we are all capable of the worst of sin. King David committed adultery and premeditated murder. Then He wrote Romans 4:5-8. God hates our sin, but He loves sinners. First John 2:2.
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