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Biblical Character Development -- Forgiveness (Part 2)

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In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of forgiveness from "The Power for True Success" by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

--- How Forgiveness Relates to Pardon

If someone kills a member of our family, we are to forgive that person. However, we do not have the authority to grant a pardon, because we do not have authority to punish the offender. Therefore, even with our forgiveness, that person will suffer the continuing consequences of the offense. Forgiveness is clearing the record of an offender and restoring fellowship. However, the seeds of destruction may continue to have serious consequences.

After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged the murder of her husband, he repented. Then "Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die." David’s sin was forgiven, but there were further consequences. Nathan said, "Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour."

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