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According to Arthur Pink the answer is NO as seen in His book The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross Chapter 1 point 5. “posted below”

5. Here we see a lovely exemplification of his own teaching.

In the Sermon on the Mount our Lord taught his disciples, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Above all others Christ practiced what he preached. Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. He not only taught the truth but was himself the truth incarnate. Said he, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). So here on the cross he perfectly exemplified his teaching of the mount. In all things he has left us an example.

Notice Christ did not personally forgive his enemies. So in Matthew 5:44 he did not exhort his disciples to forgive their enemies, but he does exhort them to “pray” for them. But are we not to forgive those who wrong us? This leads us to a point concerning which there is much need for instruction today.

Does scripture teach that under all circumstances we must always forgive? I answer emphatically, it does not. The word of God says, “If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee saying, 1 repeat, thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:3,4). Here we are plainly taught that a condition must be met by the offender before we may pronounce forgiveness. The one who has wronged us must first “repent”, that is, judge himself for his wrong and give evidence of his sorrow over it. But suppose the offender does not repent? Then 1 am not to forgive him.

But let there be no misunderstanding of our meaning here. Even though the one who has wronged me does not repent, nevertheless, I must not harbor ill-feelings against him. There must be no hatred or malice cherished in the heart. Yet, on the other hand, I must not treat the offender as if he had done no wrong. That would be to condone the offence, and therefore I should fail to uphold the requirements of righteousness, and this the believer is ever to do. Does God ever forgive where there is no repentance? No, for scripture declares, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). One thing more. If one has injured me and repented not, while I cannot forgive him and treat him as though he had not offended, nevertheless, not only must! hold no malice in my heart against him, but I must also pray for him. Here is the value of Christ’s perfect example. If we cannot forgive, we can pray for God to forgive him.


I disagree with His deductions. I think we have a case of which one comes 1st the chicken or the egg. For those in Christ it would be the egg. Did forgiveness begin in the heart of man or God. Is it offered or received first. As noted above Luke 17:3,4 links forgiveness to being asked to forgive. While this is true it has become a wall to hide behind and opens the door to arbor unforgiveness which is a whole different deal.

Unforgivness can lead to root of bitterness

Hebrews 12:14-17 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled ; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected : for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

The main point will be We are NOT God but we are to follow His instructions.

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Corrie Ten Boom, a Wonderful Christian woman that lived through a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”

I have been following Jesus for 29 years and my wife and I have counseled many people who in mid life are still walking in pain, because of childhood trauma either real or exaggerated. The door of freedom was walked through at their point of forgiving. In all cases the perpetrator had not asked for it. The forgiving in many cases seemed to be a seed that caused the fruit of love to grow, and genuine repentance soon followed.

As far as I know Jesus was not asked by man to die on the cross for our sin. It was offered to the whole world but only some receive it. Our position should be the same. Forgiving will benefit us. It will free us, and opens the door for those who have sinned against us to have the same freedom. The bottom line is forgive, I don’t think one day you will stand before the Lord and He would say “You are in big trouble you were to quick to forgive” Forgive and see what God will do.


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