Forgiveness Is Unfair

by Ken Green “Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, “’ do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times’ ” (Matthew 18:21–22, ESV). Before we can take forgiveness seriously, we…

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Have We Forgotten Our Shame?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 44   I.         It is surprising the odd ideas people have about forgiveness             A.        Forgiveness is the dismissal of any debt or obligation to me                         1.         I cannot forgive someone’s sin.                                     a.         This is only something God can do, because our sins incur a penalty, which God – not you or I –…

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Can you break a covenant with Satan and turn back to God?

Question: Hello sir, I have quite a few questions if that’s alright. Is it possible to make a covenant with Satan and break a covenant with God? Can you break the covenant with Satan and turn back to God? Does God ever lose hope in someone and cut them off completely? Does God love all…

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How can my sins be forgiven without receiving salvation?

Question: Good day, Acts 2:38 says after obeying the gospel our sins will be forgiven and we will receive salvation (gift of Holy Spirit). Please expound on how my sins can be forgiven without receiving salvation.   Thanks. Answer: “Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus…

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What Is “Forgiveness?”

by Jefferson David Tant We are all familiar with the New Testament’s teaching on “forgiveness.” The book has many exhortations, examples, and commandments concerning this practice. I’m sure we would all agree that the greatest example of forgiveness would be the words uttered on the cross as Christ is about to die a most horrible…

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I feel unworthy of being forgiven

Question: I know you don’t want to hear this from a 19-year-old teenage girl. I’m just lost and carrying a huge burden on my back of guilt and shame. Romans 6 tells me I’m no longer a slave to sin, but somehow I feel unworthy of that title. Answer: I don’t know anyone who deserves…

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Automatic Forgiveness

by Robert M Hartian Sentry Magazine, June 2002 Schoolmates hung a sign on a high school in West Paducah, Kentucky that read “we forgive you Mike!” Mike Carmeal, 14, the day before, had killed three of his classmates. Dennis Prager, a Jew, covered this story in the Wall Street Journal (December 15, 1997). This immediate…

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How do you reconcile with someone who refuses to forgive you?

Question: Hello, I am seeking your advice on how to reconcile with someone who refuses to forgive you even when you admit that you were wrong and try to make amends. Recently I allowed frustration to get the better of me and had responded to my mom in a way that I should not have.…

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How can I get intimacy with God back after sinning?

Question: I struggle with the belief that I can’t be intimate with the Lord after sinning. I know that God forgives, but I struggle with believing that I can’t be intimate with Him again. An example would be there are two friends named Bob and Steve. Bob and Steve are really close. They talk to…

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Lessons from Children

by Jefferson David Tant In reading through the Bible, it is worth noting that we find no rebukes, criticisms, or condemnations of children. On the contrary, children are presented to us as models for us to imitate and follow. Consider some words Christ and Peter said concerning children. “At that time the disciples came to…

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