Originally posted by stellspalfie
what does 'as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us' actually mean? i understand the basic principle, but how is applied in life and how does a christian show forgiveness? must it be an internal forgiveness as well as an external showing of forgiveness?
See if this helps a little...
"As disciples of Christ, we need to learn to forgive others. Why? Unlike Jesus, we are imperfect—as are those who may sin against us. From time to time, we all stumble in word and in deed. (Romans 3:23; James 3:2) By forgiving others when there is a basis for mercy, we clear the way for our own sins to be forgiven by God. (Mark 11:25) How, then, can we demonstrate a readiness to forgive those who may sin against us? In many cases, love helps us to overlook the minor sins and shortcomings of others. (1 Peter 4:8) When those who have wronged us are sincerely repentant, as Peter was, surely we want to imitate Jesus’ willingness to forgive. Rather than holding a grudge, we wisely choose to let go of resentment. (Ephesians 4:32) By doing so, we contribute to the peace of the congregation as well as to our own peace of mind and heart.—1 Peter 3:11." My Follwer book chapter 16.
Notice a few points here. First we have examples of ones in the Bible that did forgive ones who may have deeply sinned. But as these examples show it is possible and is actually required of us to do that.
But do we forgive and overlook all sins? Notice again we are too if the one who has sinned against us is repentant and sincere. If they are not and continue with that sinful action, the bible tells us what to do in that case.