Forgiving Someone Who Hasn’t Apologized

Q. On the issue of forgiving each other, how am I supposed to forgive someone if he does not apologize?

A. Whether justified or not, failing to forgive someone who sins against us is a sin against God that can interrupt our fellowship with Him (Matt. 6:14-15).

Having forgiven us for everything, He expects us to forgive each other as well (Matt. 18:23-35).

Therefore we don’t forgive people because they apologize, we forgive them because we’ve been forgiven. The other person’s actions or reactions are irrelevant. But remember, we must sincerely forgive them from our heart (Matt. 18:35). Just going through the motions won’t fool Him.

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