First let me say, I totally believe one must repent of sins before receiving grace, and metanoia, transformation. Totally. To change one’s mind and heart requires a willingness to admit you were wrong and to surrender, to submit to that truth and to place yourself in the Lord’s hands.
However, when it comes to our relationships with one another, we must be willing to extend grace and forgiveness without repentance. Often we must forgive before any repentance,change, or recognition of wrong doing. We need to forgive even when people are not sorry. That is because “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” His grace was given TO US even before we understood we needed it.
Also, if you wait for people to repent and be sorry, hell will freeze over first and you will spend a lifetime harboring unforgiveness which often just creates bitterness, offense, and a…
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