Forgiveness is more than the act of forgiving - It is an attitude that must be part of our lives. God said "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9). But He also said, "...forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:" (Luke 6:37). Look at what Christ said when Peter asked how many times he should forgive someone who has offended him,"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." (Matthew 18:21-22). Its hard to forgive - yet forgive we must. Some claim we should only forgive those who have repented. What does the Bible say?
Hopefully the follwing articles will help you understand what forgivenss is about:
Forgive and be Forgiven If you are not prepared to forgive others, will God forgive you? What does the Bible teach?
Offending and Forgiving Why do we cause offence? Why do we take offence? How do offences affect relationships and what can we do about them?