Forgiveness and Enabling Sin

Yesterday a person told me they were told that forgiving people in their sin enables them to sin more and thwarts God’s plan to drive them to their knees. We shouldn’t enable people, therefore it’s wrong to forgive them.

Well, I had some response to that. It went like this.

If we decide what to do based on what we think other people “need” rather than on simply doing what God says, seems we’ve entered very subjective territory. When in doubt, forgive, when not in doubt, forgive, seems to be the Bible’s way. Seventy times seven.

People will take advantage of forgiveness. How often do we sin knowing we can have God’s forgiveness? If forgiving enables sin, God would be the largest enabler. In the long run, constantly being forgiven will drive a person nuts.

If God chopped off a finger every time we sinned I bet we’d knock it off, but I also think we’d hate God’s guts. God forgives, He went to the extreme of becoming flesh to die and shed His blood for His creation in order to forgive us, in order that we might love Him.

Forgiveness is an option that does not make common sense, but it is God’s way. At the same time, it’s very easy for the one forgiving to hold grudges and belittle. Forgiveness is harder on the forgiver than the forgiven in the short run. In the long run, forgiveness will drive the forgiven nuts until they just go ahead and embrace love. It aint easy, but I think it’s what love and grace are all about.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

4 thoughts on “Forgiveness and Enabling Sin”

  1. This is really good and, for me, timely. I find myself in the surprising position of having people to forgive! Yay!?!?

  2. It seems if we stop forgiving others, we are the losers. We lose peace of mind. We lose relationships. We lose our sanity.

    It would be without fingers very quickly…by the end of breakfast anyway. Would he start on toes then?!? That would get me through lunch.

  3. Luke 17:3 – “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”

    1. Rebuke him.
    2. If he repents, forgive him.

    There is fake repentance though…Judas and Achan are examples. No forgiveness was offered to them.

    Forgiving those who ignorantly persecute or transgress against us is a different matter. Jesus said “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” We must take into account the blindness that Satan casts upon people.

    This did not stop Peter and the apostles from later plainly stating to the Jews, “You have murdered the Holy One.” The guilt was still there…they had just received probationary time by Jesus’ forgiveness.

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