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Forgiveness For The Repentant
Salvation is about being forgiven for our sins. That is, to accept Christ's sacrifice for sin by repenting (Christ died for repentant sinners; unrepentant sinners are going to be cast into the lake of fire - see When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?). By God's Word, we must forgive those who are genuinely making an honest effort to repent, not those who sin defiantly, or who sin and say they're sorry - while making no effort to stop doing wrong. Otherwise, "forgiveness" would merely be condoning and enabling rebellious evil behavior.
"18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.
"Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?"
When Peter asked how many times we must forgive a repentant sinner (i.e. someone who sins out of weakness rather than defiance - the reason that Peter specified "my brother sin"), Christ's answer was, in effect, to forgive as many times as they truly repent. This life is an endless struggle to do what is right (see Concupiscence and Growing In The Grace And Knowledge) for all of God's people.
"18:21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
God forgives humans because He is absolutely pure and sinless. Humans must forgive other humans because we would be hypocrites if we didn't. All humans are sinners; the only difference is whether they are repentant, or defiant.
"18:23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 18:24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 18:25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
Fact Finder: (a) Why must we avoid people who choose to sin defiantly? (b) How can we know what is truly right from what is wrong, so that our repentance is genuine?