Forgiveness - Luke 17:3

"Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and IF he repent, forgive him." - Luke 17:3 (KJV)
The verse above seems to indicate that forgiveness is mandatory only in case of repentance. What about when your brother refuses to repent? Or even better, if your brother does not admit to any wrongdoing? What are you forgiving them of, if they say they didn't do anything wrong?

I think many Christians have "gone off the deep end" in teaching forgiveness in ways that have become un-biblical. Teaching forgiveness, without teaching repentance, is doctrine that is out of balance. Does God forgive us if we do not turn from our sins? Or does God forgive us and save us, even if we live any kind of way and blaspheme his name, long as we warm a pew? JESUS taught that one sin is unforgivable (Matt 12:31) - blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. How can one be forgiven of blasphemy which is a rejection of God, when God alone saves? Are there churches forgiving blasphemies, when Jesus said not to?

Did Jesus say "I forgive you" while turning over tables in the temple (John 2:13-17)? Did Peter say "I forgive you" while rebuking an unrepentant Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10)? Did Paul say "I forgive you" while rebuking an unrepentant Elymas (Acts 13:8-11)? Today, if a Christian shows any kind of backbone and stands up for something, they are the ones who are unforgiven, while the unrepentant run amok. Speaking the truth may not cost lives any more, in the USA, but it does cost in terms of well being and fame. What kind of a parent can say they love their child and does not correct their child, teach them right from wrong, whether the child wants to hear it or not.

Love is not just hugs, it is correction also -> Rev 3:19

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I take umbrage at your use of the word commodity for love in the above post as if love is something to be bought or sold :)
God's gift, through Jesus, has already been given to each and every human, follower of Jesus or not. We only have to accept the gift offered to us. All else follows on that acceptance. Lets not forget that Jesus told is that sin is not what we do but what we think. All sins start first in the mind and all sin has it's base in rebellion against God.

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