How to Forgive Sin When it Seems Impossible and Unforgivable

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How to Forgive Sin When it Seems Impossible and Unforgivable

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast we are talking about how to forgive sin when it seems impossible and unforgivable.

Is there a limit to how much we forgive? Am I to forgive someone for the same sins day in and day out? Am I supposed to forgive the monstrosity of evil that was carried out against me personally?

In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot tackle a very difficult subject, forgiveness. We often ask questions like these because we are unwilling to forgive and are looking for someone or something to validate us in our sinfulness and desire to extract due punishment. But other times it’s because we really believe that the sin committed against us, so heinous in nature, is actually unforgivable.

We Need to Pay Close Attention to our Thoughts and Hearts

Dr. Caldwell says that we need to pay close attention to our thoughts and hearts in these situations. Our ability to forgive is a commentary on whether we have been forgiven in many ways. If we are unwilling to forgive, it’s an indication that we may have not fully understood or experienced the grace of being forgiven. No one is capable of forgiveness until they’ve been forgiven by God in Christ Jesus. Yes, there is a natural kind of human forgiveness that people grant to each other. But forgiveness in its truest sense is a gospel view of forgiveness and this cannot be extended unless we’ve received it. When we’ve received God's forgiveness then we have understood the matter of sin. 

In the moment we understand it’s pervasiveness, it’s evil, hateful, scandalous nature, and it's enormity, then we understand that we deserve to be condemned for our sin forever. When we understand what we’ve been forgiven, then we, with honesty can look at what’s been done to us and truly consider what we can’t forgive or deem unforgivable. Dr. Caldwell gives us examples from the Bible on the life of Joseph in Genesis and from the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 to consider.

Forgiving does not Equal Justice Served

Dr. Caldwell goes on to explain that forgiving does not equal justice served. To forgive someone is not to say something wasn’t done to us, it’s not to say that the sin is excused, it’s not to say that it wasn’t enormous, hateful or not even real. We are not justifying what someone did to us when we forgive them, we are saying we can forgive because we have been forgiven. We also need to make sure that we are not keeping a list in our hearts, demanding that someone be personally held accountable, punished and judgment executed. Vengeance belongs to God, we are not to take our own vengeance. We are not in the place of God and we are not qualified to execute vengeance. 

There may be times where the civil authorities and law enforcement need to be involved. However, believers do not need to feel guilty or ashamed in these circumstances. This does not mean unforgiveness on our part, because we can forgive, but we can also allow the justice system to do its work, as God has ordained government to be a sword and restrainer of evil in society.

We Need to Have the Right Perspective

Lastly, Dr. Caldwell reminds us that we need to have the right perspective in this. We must understand that God is sovereign over all events of our lives and that nothing accidental happens. It doesn’t mean that God approves and smiles upon everything that happens to us, but here is where the beauty of Romans 8 is being worked out. Because we are loved by God, He is at work in our lives causing all things to work together for good for those who love Him. So even what someone may have been meant to destroy us, God is able to take and use it for His glory and our eternal good. 

Scripture tells us that we are to love our enemies, pray for those who would spitefully use us and in this way we prove ourselves to be sons of our Father in heaven, who causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. God is good to people who have sinned against Him every single day.

What if the person isn’t repentant and isn’t asking for forgiveness do we forgive them? Can a person even receive what they aren’t even asking for? What should our attitudes be towards those we have forgiven? These questions and more are answered as Dr. Caldwell talks to us about forgiveness done Gods way, taking us to the Bible and reminding us that forgiveness is about redemption and restoration.

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