"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34
However, until we as humans repent and agree with God that we are sinners and that we need Christ as our Savior – there is no reconciliation. Forgiven people can still go to hell simply because they don't agree with God that they are sinners. Once we repent and accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are reconciled to the One who created us, and we are able to have a deep friendship with Him.
So too in your personal life; does it seem “forgiveness” failed? Find out the missing part of the equation; do you continue to hold grudges against people or have you failed to change your ways after others have forgiven you? It may not always be easy; ask God to remove all bitterness from you and change your heart to be like Him. After all, Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32) – so let us be kind and tenderhearted to everyone else.
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