Gnostic Bishop wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:54 pm
Can a murderer repent and forgive himself?
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Note how one is saved through repentance alone, which I equate with self-forgiveness.
Do you see it that way and if not, how do you read that quote?
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Does this last not say that all of us are saved or do you think that God's will that all be saved can be thwarted?
Repentance is not forgiveness. Repentance is the seeking of forgiveness.
Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him
You need to repent first, and only then can you be forgiven.
2 Peter 3:9 & 1 Timothy 2:4 are saying that God can (and is wiling to) wait as long as it takes for some people to feel repentant, and then seek forgiveness from him.