Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by ChrisRyan, Dec 27, 2013.
? Is it a gift just for the receiver of forgiveness or also for the giver? Why or why not?
If you hold a grudge your bottling up negative emotions which could cause mental stress ect.
It is a gift to the receiver, and it is a gift/duty for the giver.
But more, it is not necessarily to come only with apology or repentance. When no apology is forthcoming, forgiveness is truly a gift, but after an apology, how much of forgiveness is duty and how much is gift?
Both. If the giver, you don't live with unforgiveness. If the receiver you don't need to pay.
I am guessing you wanted more of a discussion on God benefiting from His gift of forgiveness to us? Or on forgiveness / salvation being a gift that doesn't need to be repaid?
Forgiveness is entirely a gift to the Forgiver. Forgiveness does not imply forgetting nor putting aside the act of the sinner. It is God that forgives and we must abide his will. If we don't put it aside, we carry it with us, the negativity that can stop our own spiritual growth. I wish I could think of a better phrase, but we wash our hands of the sin, as it is the sinner's duty to pay the consequences and seek atonement. Forgiveness=letting go with God.