Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’ll forgive her when she says she’s sorry.” Is that the kind of forgiveness you want from God? What if you forget to ask God’s forgiveness for something? In Mark chapter eleven, Jesus said this about how we should forgive:
25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Personally, I’d rather gift forgiveness to someone who has wronged me without an apology than risk losing God’s forgiveness because I withheld mine.
Here are a few more scriptures about forgiveness:
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)