God Doesn’t Forgive Unrepentant People

God the Father never forgives unbelievers who don’t repent of their sin. They never get saved. He never forgives believers who are not repentant either. They are positionally forgiven for past, present, and future sins because of Christ’s death on the cross, but they have broken fellowship with God if they don’t repent. A believer who sins is still saved, but he suffers loss for the sins he does, he is accountable on Judgment Day for each idle word and deed, and he bears the consequences of the sin he is unrepentant of in this life. God won’t listen to your prayers when you sin (Psalm 66:18). Nope. Repentance is actually required for forgiveness to be given by God.

What I’m saying is that for some reason Christians require something of each other that is impossible. They believe that if you don’t forgive an unrepentant person, you’re sinning, even if you love that person and are not angry, but just wounded. True forgiveness of an unrepentant person only enables the unrepentant person to continue abusing you. At some point we need to say, I must break off my relationship with you because of your unrepentant sin. Scripture supports this and actually commands it (I Corinthians 5:11-13). I don’t understand why people point to the victim with judgment and demand that they forgive. The victim is usually not vengeful and not angry. The victim isn’t the one that’s sinning; the unrepentant person is. God doesn’t forgive that person’s sins. Why should believers be required to somehow act better than God?

However, you must get rid of bitterness. So ask God to help you to forgive the person who wronged you, and release it to God. He can miraculously lift away the bitterness and help you to feel fresh and clean, and not tormented by that person’s sin any more.

If you would like to hear how I miraculously forgave a rapist, it’s included in my testimony of how I learned submission to my husband. You can get the audio here.

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3 Responses to “God Doesn’t Forgive Unrepentant People”

  1. …and there’s the rub! I used to think forgiving others was for their benefit. It was neat to realize that a loving God commands it because it’s what is best for me too!

  2. jen says:

    As you know Susan I forgave the man who took the life of my son and daughter in the accident.

    Not forgiving would have been like a weight- like a black hole in my soul. I couldn’t imagine living like that for the rest of my life.

    If only people knew how truly freeing it is to let go of the pain and bitterness and know that God can heal their heart with His all powerful love. But then you know that too don’t you? I have a family member that was raped. I am so sorry to hear that you too had to endure such a terrible fate.

    I am just loving all the posts you’ve been doing Susan, they are just wonderful and really giving me so many things to think and pray about.

    • Susan Evans says:

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my posts! I’ve been on my face the whole summer, asking God what He wanted me to write about. My posts during the last 2 months have been an outpouring of the time I’ve spent in silence before God. I’m sure that sooner or later I’ll get back to writing about homeschooling. LOL

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