Sure...Matt 18:21-22..."Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."
Jesus doesn't mention repentance in Matt.
Do you think that Jesus contradicted Himself in the same paragraph?
Explain how Matthew 18:21-22 says "forgive him anyways," when Jesus just got dones saying "if [he] sins against you, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him"?
You could indeed see it that way, but with Matt 18 in mind,
Jesus does not contradict Himself.
It's not "either/or," Hoping. It's BOTH/AND.
Matthew 18:21-22 does not override or contradict Matthew 18:15 nor does it override Luke 17:3-4.
and the lessons from my own life, I find forgiveness a way easier load to bear in the passing years.
If all you have are anecdotes, you have very little indeed.
Maybe, but if it is so important, why wasn't repentance mentioned in Matt 18?
It was. You missed it.
“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. - Matthew 18:15-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew18:15-17&version=NKJV
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” - Luke 17:3-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke17:3-4&version=NKJV
What sort of heart have you got?
But you will carry the unforgiveness in your heart until you find out again that if we don't forgive we won't be forgiven...as per the Lord's prayer.
You're attempting to place me under a law.
I have BEEN forgiven. Therefore, I will forgive (those who repent).
See the difference between what Jesus said, and what Paul said?
Why not "move on" with forgiveness in your heart?
Because that would be unjust.
Can't you "leave it in God's hands" if they don't repent to you?
"Can't"? You mean, "Can"?
Yes, I can, even without forgiving, because I know that God will repay.
It isn't like you have to spend something of your own in order to forgive.
Forgiving someone who has not repented is unjust.
It is cheap and easy to do, thanks be to God.
What is right is not always easy.
I thank God every single day for His forgiveness of me, and for teaching me how to forgive.
You learned how to forgive by listening to clichés. Read God's word, instead.
I rejoice in the fact that nobody will end up in the lake of fire for what they did to me.
So now you think you have the power to forgive sins?!?!
Quit your blasphemy!
Part of the divine nature of the reborn, I guess.
You are anything BUT "reborn," hoping!
REPENT NOW, before it's too late!
You have inadvertently added to scripture.
I HAVE NOT.
I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked. - Psalm 26:5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm26:5&version=NKJV
You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. - Psalm 97:10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm97:10&version=NKJV
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. - Proverbs 8:13 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs8:13&version=NKJV
Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. - Amos 5:15 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Amos5:15&version=NKJV
Hate by humans, is never good, ever.
But I call it accurate record keeping.
No, God does not hold a grudge.
Are not evil doers and unrepentant the same thing?