They can’t be allowed to get away with it!
Forgiveness really has nothing to do with whether or not a person gets away with something.
Everyone will answer to God for their actions; God is the Judge of all. We are the judges on no
one, and God is very particular on that point. If we seek to judge others, we will be required to
answer to God for our sin. In some instances, the person who has wronged us may have
consequences with the law of society, and your forgiveness doesn’t get anyone out of that
consequence either. What factors are really behind this misconception? Here are some
possibilities you might consider:
Pride, revenge, jealousy, resentment, anger, rage, control issues, embarrassment and the like.
Jesus taught us that we are not to judge others, lest we be judged. Don’t these kinds of feeling
really just seek to justify our appointing ourselves to take God’s place and hand down our own
judgments and punishments to those who have wronged us? Certainly this is offensive to God.