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Forgiveness Is Not For The Offended

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I do not like to be repetitive regarding messages on these broadcasts; the Bible is a HUGE resource, with much to say on many topics.  However, the persistence of unbiblical teaching in a particular area can call for a repeat address.

Each time I hear or read about someone who will say, "You should forgive someone, even if they don't apologize, to keep that root of bitterness out of you", or "You need to forgive everyone, so your heart can be healed", or similar utterances, I simply cringe.

In more than 2 decades of Bible reading and study, and somewhat fewer years of teaching and preaching, I have yet to find such precepts represented ANYWHERE in Scripture.  Yet they persist...and persist.

If we are to be "forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven" us, then it stands to reason that, where God would withhold forgiveness, we are wise and faithful to do the same.

I have not found in Scripture that God ever forgave anyone so that He would not be embittered against that person, or that He forgave anyone to heal His heart as the offended party.

Which begs the question: if God does not forgive unapologetic or unrepentant people to benefit His heart, how did it become godly for people to do what God does not?

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