Forgiveness Essay

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Liberty University

Forgiveness: Its Meaning, Purpose and Healing Power is Obedience to God

A research paper submitted to Dr. Christopher Bosson
In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For
The course THEO 530

Liberty baptist Theological seminary

By
Melissa Rolan
22462091

Lynchburg, Virginia
Thursday, December 16, 2010

table of Contents
Introduction -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2
What is forgiveness? -------------------------------------------------------------------------3
God’s Forgiveness ----------------------------------------------------------------------------6
Man’s forgiveness ---------------------------------------------------------------------------10
Forgiving Yourself Leads to Power-----------------------------------------------------12
Conclusion -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------14
Bibliography -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------15

INTRODUCTION
      Whether you are a believer or nonbeliever, the act of forgiveness is always question.   Does extending forgiveness mean forgetting the bad event as if it ever happened?   Does it mean retaliation first then mercy?   Or does it mean forgiving a person or act determined by a number?   For example, forgive a person five times for stealing or one time for cheating.   Forgiveness cannot be answered in simple physical terms.   However, the Bible provides several reasons to forgive and the shortcomings of not forgiving. In Matthew 6:14-16 it reads,
          “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.   But if you do not forgive men their sins, your father will not forgive your sins.”

In other words, believers and nonbelievers will face an act of forgiveness at some point in their lives whether it is by asking for forgiveness or extending forgiveness to someone who has wronged...

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