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INTERPERSONAL FORGIVENESS AS A GOSPEL STANDARD

by Douwe J. Steensma in Vol. 5 No. 2 / Oct 2019

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc5.2.2019.art1



Should a Christian forgive seventy-seven times? Must the sinner first repent before he can be granted forgiveness? Is forgiveness possible if the sinner does not accept the gift of forgiveness? This article focuses on the gift of forgiveness one person offers another from the point of view of forgiveness as a theological, social, and ethical norm. Starting with the reality of people’s low expectation of forgiveness, the essay moves on to evaluate the nature, origin, and limits of forgiveness in light of the gospel imperative to forgive, the disposition to forgive, and the sinner’s acknowledgment of guilt. The last section of the essay presents the essence of the gospel regarding the social and ethical norm of forgiveness.

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