My Bad Theology of Forgiveness

Reading Pastor Chris Braun’s excellent article on atonement and forgiveness, I realized that I have been believing and practicing a false theology of forgiveness. It goes like this – when I feel ready, then I will forgive.

What I fail to see is that the cross is absolutely nothing like this, and it demands absolutely nothing short of completely committed forgiveness from me, the believer. God made a plan, He acted on it, and He forgave! Once and for all! All of His chosen!

God forgive me for thinking that my forgiveness of someone else is dependent on my feelings more than the cross where You forgave me! May I not read such therapeutic, flimsy-handed “feelings” into the atoning death of my Lord!


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

2 Responses to My Bad Theology of Forgiveness

  1. Britt says:

    Thanks for the note. Reading Matt. 18 is always convicting to me – how quick am I to go out and choke another slave over such a tiny debt after the King has forgiven me everything?

    Britt from crossonmyback

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