Bible Dictionary A

A classic reference, this comprehensive Bible dictionary [Updated and Expanded] provides a wealth of basic background information in a free online format. It includes more than 400+ high definition images and special articles in addition to page after page of basic information.

GENUINE REPENTANCE: Have God’s Favor Again

In order to be forgiven, we must be repentant. Based on Scripture, we must have a change of mind characterized by heartfelt regret over a former way of life, wrong actions, or even what one has failed to do. True repentance brings about fruitage, a change in our action.—Matt. 3:8; Ac 3:19; 2 Pet. 3:9.

What Does the Bible Say About Sin and Sinners?

All of us have inherited a sinful nature, meaning that we are currently unable to live up to the mark of perfection in which we were created. In fact, Genesis 6:5 says we all suffer from, ‘our whole bent of thinking, which is nothing but evil.” Genesis 8:21 says that ‘our mind is evil from our very youth.’ Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are treacherous and desperately sick.” Based on this alone, you must read this article.

FORGIVENESS: In What Ways Can We Imitate This Teaching of Christ?

Christ taught that forgiveness is a duty. No limit can be set to the extent of forgiveness (Lu 17:4) and it must be granted without reserve. Jesus will not admit that there is any wrong so gross nor so often repeated that it is beyond forgiveness. To Him an unforgiving spirit is one of the most heinous of sins (Bruce, Parabolic Teaching, 376 ff).

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