Choosing to hold bad feelings toward a person who has repented.
This is different from bitterness. Bitterness is the ground that keeps unforgiveness going.
Easy Definition: Unforgiveness in your heart refuses to give a person a clean slate, a fresh start — like Jesus did for you.
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
This New Testament message from Jesus tells the following:
Repent means admitted their wrong to themselves, God and you; stopped it and asked you to forgive them for what they have done to you. Often people will ask God to forgive them — but the person they did it to is ignored. God does not forgive that!
See 1 John 1:1-10, Matthew 18:15-35, Matthew 5:22-24
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