“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. “And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying,`I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” (Lk. 17:3-4)
‘Rebuke him…’ ‘If he repents…’ The so called ‘forgiveness’ promoted today isn’t real forgiveness at all because it isn’t the result of correction and it doesn’t stem from real repentance. The forgiveness promoted today is vapid and empty and meaningless. Forgiveness without repentance is permission for the other, the unrebuked brother, to continue on in their sin.
The forgiveness promoted today is cruelty because it permits the brother to continue in the sin that destroys him and those around him. And those who feel pious because they ‘have forgiven’ their enemies while their enemies are neither rebuked nor repentant should in truth feel demonic as they are the enablers of iniquity, not the promoters of righteousness.