Summary: What are my biblical responsibilities when one who has offended me will not acknowledge his wrong? Our forgiveness is to be like God's forgiveness. So how does God forgive? The answer may not be what you are thinking.
When He Won't Say "I'm Sorry"
Forgiveness and Repentance
A Summary of Chapter 8 of
The Other Side of Love by Gary Chapman
Part of the Lessons in the School of Prayer Series
Calvary Baptist Church
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I. Forgiveness and Relationships
A. Sin Separates Our Relationship With God (Isa. 59:2)
B. The Relationship Can Die If Not Repaired (Rom. 3:23; 6:23)
II. Forgiveness and Repentance
A. Our Goal in Everything is to Become Like Christ (Rom. 8:29)
B. In Forgivness, We Are to Follow the Example of Christ (Eph. 4:32)
1 John 1:7-9 (quickview)  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jeremiah 3:12-14 (quickview)  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Acts 2:37-39 (quickview)  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
E. God Demonstrates a Constant Willingness to Forgive (Isa. 1:18)
Isaiah 1:18 (quickview)  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.