Layton Talbert

About Author Layton Talbert

Layton Talbert and his wife, Esther, live in Greenville, SC and have five children. Layton mentors budding pastors at Bob Jones University and has authored two books—Not By Chance and Beyond Suffering. He enjoys South Carolina barbecue and drives a very ugly Toyota pickup truck.

to forgive or not forgive
For the Heart

To Forgive, or Not to Forgive?

As a Christian, am I obligated to forgive everyone who sins against me? Do I forgive only if the offender asks me to? What do I do if he never asks forgiveness?

All this came up while my daughter was counseling at a Christian camp this summer. One of her campers (“Anna”) asked her whether she was obligated to forgive her father for being verbally abusive to her, even if he never apologized for his behavior. See, someone else had told her that she needed to, and she wanted to know if that was right.

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