pathlightfinder wrote:Timing is everything they say. I just recently posted an article on this subject on my website. Without rewriting the whole article just let me say here that there is a lot entailed in forgiveness and judgement - and tolerance is not involved.
I would posit that biblically speaking we must forgive any sin that is repented of. If the sin is not repented we are to offer help and urge repentance. If it is an intentional and repetitive sin and still unrepented of we are to shun the sinner. But, if they do repent we must forgive.
In Brotherly Love,
Love the addition of the topic of tolerance in the picture.
On your take on forgiveness...don't mind me as I try and break this down...I see better in details,
It is a matter I have questioned too. And this may be what you are saying...or maybe not:
Overall, I have believed that one must forgive whether the offender has repented of a sin, or not. But as you said, we are not to tolerate sin, even as we can still love the sinner.
Maybe an example will help. If I were a mother that loved my children, but one repeatedly sinned and showed no desire to change, then I should not protect that child from the consequences of their sins...reaping what they sow.
It should not be tolerated, at least not under my roof. Although at heart I am not to hold their sins against them, I can be unforgiving in the sense of not tolerating it, and even shunning the sinner.
Yet if they do show a desire to change, then I should allow them back into the fellowship...as I take into consideration where they are in the process of change and how that invitation back in will affect others.
Is this what you are saying?