Forgiveness is given only after repentance- not before!

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Forgiveness is not a way of forgetting the past. can learn from the past about how to avoid being harmed in the future.God did not forgive unrepentant offenders. He knows our hearts perfectly. Forgiveness is meant for past behavior that was unacceptable. Those that repent receive his forgiveness. Repentance is a fundamental part of God’s requirements of forgivesin. How do you restore a relationship or harmony with someone who refuses to accept they wronged you? In a relationship where one person won’t accept they wronged the other, you cannot have harmony because of this basic disagreement itself. While God requires us to unconditionally forgive the business partner who cheats us if he repents , He does not require us to stay in business with him. We can forgive someone without being reunited with that person. Repentance and remorse are necessary to receive forgiveness. But if we want to build a broken relationship with other people or with God, repentance is necessary. Before one will change his life, he must decide to change/repent from past behavior which has caused the victim to hurt. Before he decides to change or repent, he must recognize that he has been guilty. As long as a person defends his practice and refuses to admit error, he has not repented.

If one does forgive that person without his repentance, he is adding to his wickedness that is being committed by him and this will not produce love or any good. It must be understood that repentance must always be first to God and then to the offended member. Repentance means Recognition, Remorse, Rejection and willing to change as a new person. If there is remorse and rejection of a sin, but you don’t recognize the hurt or damage you have caused other person who is a victim, it becomes sin. The root of it that is, it will come back cloaked as something else and cause you to commit the same hurt /sin! No one can force another to forgive. People have their own timing in forgiving.

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ Luke 3:8

It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. Luke 17:2

When confronted about their sins, some people refuse to admit guilt. They ask, “What sin? What do I have to repent of?” Malachi 3:7

In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22

So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him. Luke 17:3-4

I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26:20

He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13

Maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. Exodus 34:7

Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, each of them will turn from his wicked way; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin. Jeremiah 36:3

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Revelation 3:19

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30

Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18

One can be forgiving and yet rebuke at the same time. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15


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