Forgiveness is a living creature (creation of God) read John the 1st chapter. Forgiveness is given/granted from above. Forgiveness is only granted as long as the offense/sin is left in the death state. It is up to both parties, the offender and the granter to leave the offense in the death state, Psalms 103.12. The granter (guarantor) is not to forgive until he/she is able to put to death the offense/sin. It is better to ponder or deal with the offense than to grant FALSE FORGIVENESS. In most instances involving man, offenses result from both or all parties involved; this makes both parties the offender and the granter.
Forgiveness Rating Scale
4 = Highest Offense
0 = Complete Forgiveness
4 3 2 1 0
On the Forgiveness Rating Scale four being the highest offence achievable and zero being complete forgiveness; parted as in the eyes of Jesus the author of forgiveness. Psalms 103.12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Offenses do not necessarily result in a 4 they may be a 3 or a 1.5 or even a .00001. The point in forgiveness is that it must result in a zero (0) or else no forgiveness was granted form the HEART. When forgiveness is granted from the heart it must follow the express example that was set by Jesus and achieve a zero on the Forgiveness Rating Scale. All non forgiveness (.00001) or greater will grow and fester and be brought forth through other sins such as gossip until it reaches a whole number on the Forgiveness Rating Scale. Let us do the math .00001 + festering = 1 ÷ gossip = revival of the offense. The offense is brought out of the death state and is taking control of lives once again. Re read Psalms 103.12.
Can you imagine if Jesus would have forgiven the human race with a value of .00001 on the Forgiveness Rating Scale? Would anyone have been forgiven or would Satin have been the greater of the two; you decide, do the math. Jesus has set the course let us follow in his steps. Let us do the math, forgiveness = zero or else no forgiveness was granted. When taking the four (4) out of forgiveness we are left with only giveness. Giveness + Jesus = the cross which is the ultimate zero (sacrifice/forgiveness).
I John 1.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.