Hi all :-)
I am wrestling with biblical forgiveness. I am trying to understand it, but there seems to be so many different views on the issue. My definition of forgiveness is to release an individual from the debt they "owe" you, or that you feel they owe you, because of sin. Forgiveness is to allow any punishment that comes on the individual to be at the hand of God or a justice system rather than one's own will or desire for ill-treatment.
What I can't figure out is whether forgiveness is to be towards all who wrong us, or only toward those who repent. My pastor seems to believe it is to be offered to those who repent: Luke 17:3. Yet, it seems that we are to forgive everyone in Mark 11:35-38. How do you reconcile these two passages?