Forgiveness is a broad subject with a lot of variables. Our poll is about a general perspective. It always “depends.”
Everyone agrees that we forgive as God forgives. But does God forgive us if we do not repent (or confess our sins)? Thus forgiveness is conditional or all would be saved.
Others argue that Christ’s words, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” teaches unconditional forgiveness.
What is forgiveness? Is it letting something go and accept a damaged relationship or emotional distance because of the offense? Or is it complete reconciliation, as thought he offense never occurred? How we define forgiveness may color how we describe our view about it.
And what about credibility? Do I immediately trust the offender when he has done great harm, do I give him a chance to re-establish credibility, or is that not even an issue when it comes to forgiveness?
What is your understanding?