Friday, 18 November 2011
Will God punish those who have hurt you? Yes, for it is promised.
But if they repent you must forgive them, for it is also written in the Bible.
For these so-called Christians who say you must forgive those who aren't repentant and refuse to change, and love and enable those who do evil, they are not speaking God's word. Nowhere in the Bible states that you must forgive an unrepentant sinner.
forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. (Matthew 6:12)
Everyone knows and it is written God forgives us when we repent, and so should you be when those who hurt you ask for your forgiveness and truly repent. Even if they ask you infinitely for an infinite number of crimes, then and only then You must forgive them.
If they are unrepentant, God will punish them and vindicate you for He is a God of justice and plays no favorites. But what does this mean?
Many false Christians believe that for God to punish or for you to pray for vindication is unloving -- but actually it isn't. A loving parent teaches his children, and sometimes that involves punishment.
If your son doesn't heed your word and would rather take drugs, rob people and hurt others than do what is right and go to school, would the loving parent say nothing? Would he look the other way while his son spirals into destruction? No. He would enforce punishment and harsh consequences, so that the son will be encouraged to change his ways. Even if as a child he cannot see or know what he has done in the now. You being the wiser will know that by doing this you have spared him a future of Hell being addicted to drugs or serving life in jail and when he is wiser he will later realize it too.
But If the son comes to you before this outcome and begs for forgiveness, sees and is disgusted by his actions and therefore swears off his behavior forever, then of course a loving parent will not only be overjoyed, punishment will be unnecessary.
If you broke the law, raped a woman or killed a man -- whether you were repentant or not -- you will face jail, because law is law, and God's law states the penalty for sin is death.
Imagine after your son has tearfully repented, you had to go forth and kill him.
But that's how it was, and God couldn't go against his own law, because God cannot lie nor break his promises. He is God, but he loved us so much he sent a pure and holy of human beings, he sent Jesus to pay the price.
Jesus died on the cross so that repentant sins would be forgiven and punishment can be avoided.
God doesn't want us to die, but God is just -- so being loving, it's God's first choice for those who do wrong to repent.
But don't be fooled. God knows each and everyone of our hearts, even the most evil of murderers and child abusers. He knows who is truly repentant and who isn't. God will not be mocked.
And if in their heart they are not truly repentant, don't worry. God will punish; otherwise they will face infinite suffering on judgement day, which is a horror nobody should wish on anyone.
So please pray for vindication, for it is better for God to punish in this life so that the unrepentant becomes truly repentant and is therefore forgiven, than for God to say nothing and wait till judgement day and have them perish forever.
So do not become bitter, do not hold grudge against them. Love them, for either way, they wont be let off the hook. Do good to them, and speak well of them. Do not repay evil for evil; leave it for God to repay either through their punishment or through their repentance so that they will not have to suffer for eternity after judgment day.
Do you think that God only forgives repentant sins? If that's the case, are we only supposed to forgive those who repent?