As we begin this study series, let's ask ourselves how we view "Forgiveness" right now. Then we'll compare our answers with our views against God's Word at the end of this series. Most of us may find that we are not dealing with forgiveness in a Biblical manner.
Forgiveness = "The act of forgiving; pardon."
Forgiving = "Disposed to forgive; merciful."
Forgive = "1. To grant pardon for or remission of (something); cease to demand the penalty for. 2. To grant freedom from penalty to (someone). 3. To cease to blame or feel resentment against. 4. To remit, as a debt. 5. To show forgiveness; grant pardon."
the above is from pg 496 in Funk & Wagnalls New International Dictionary of the English Language, Comprehensive Edition Copyright © 1984, 1982, 1977, 1973, 1971 by J.G. Ferguson Publishing CompanyStrong's # 859 a[fesiß - translated Aphesis - pronounced af'-es-is ; which is a noun, feminine in origin. This is used for the word Forgiveness in the New Testament.
Strong's # 5483 carivzomai - translated Charizomai - prounounced khar-id'-zom-ahee is a verb - something we DO!
Job, chapter 42
There are so many, many examples, but this is enough to get us started. May the Lord richly bless you as you study His Word!
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