Question 25: Many teachers assert that forgiveness is a unilateral obligation on the part of the believer whether the offender asks forgiveness or not. Do you agree with this position?

01Answer:  If a brother sins against us, the willingness to forgive must always be there. There can also not be any feelings of animosity toward the sinner. However, while Yeshua clearly said that if someone seeks our forgiveness, we must grant it, He did not instruct that we grant something that is not requested. Therefore, we may choose to extend forgiveness to the individual, but we are not obliged to do so until he requests it.

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Arnold Answers is a bi-weekly Q & A with founder and director of Ariel Ministries, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.

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