Must all Christians forgive all the time? Is forgiveness a mandatory action for Christians, or is it conditional? Chris Brauns, a pastor, has spent quite a bit of time unpacking what it means to forgive in a Christian sense of the word. It seems that we are expected to forgive unconditionally (“forgive, and you will be forgiven,” Lk 6:37). Yet, there are verses which seem to make forgiveness conditional. For instance, Luke 17:3 says, “if he repents, forgive him.” This forgiveness can be repeated 7 times a day or even 7 times 70 times, according to Jesus.
But what if the offender neither repents nor seeks forgiveness? This article by Brauns addresses that particular point well in seeking to disclose a full-orbed definition of Christian forgiveness. This article is framed in a pastoral context with Brauns offering biblical counseling to Kelsey Grammer concerning his desire to forgive a man who murdered his sister. The article is thought provoking and pastoral. Consider reading it both for edification and consideration in biblical counseling.