Biblical Character Development — Forgiveness (Part 1)

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The Man In the Mirror #36

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of forgiveness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Forgiveness is clearing the record of an offender and choosing to live with any continuing consequences of the offense. The primary word in Scripture translated forgiveness is aph-e-sis. It denotes dismissal, release, or pardon. It is a derivative of a root word which means “to send away.”

This is the word used by Jesus when He said, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

A Greek word for forgiving is cha-riz-o-mai. It means “to do something pleasant or agreeable; to do a favour to; to give graciously, give freely.” This is the word used by Paul when he wrote, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”