Not sure if this is the correct area for this question, it looked like i could go into a few categories.
This morning i heard a prominent protestant evangelist say that people must forgive others for themselves, to feel better and to be able to move forward (this had to do with the Boston incident and the families of the victims). It got my little “spidey senses” tickling when i heard this and thought THATS NOT RIGHT!
so, now i am in a conversation with a family member who loves this evangelist and i was attempting to explain why this was wrong from a Catholic or protestant view point. I tried to explain that Jesus doesnt forgive us so HE will feel better and be able to move on, he does so out of extreme love for us and with mercy and that is why we forgive others in the same manner-- out of extreme love and mercy, that it must be sincere and from the heart towards the offender to count as true forgiveness.
She is saying that forgiveness is forgiveness no matter how or what extent it is given. What say any of you???