Matthew 18: 21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. I have no problem forgiving someone who has offended me...for instance, gossiped about me. My problem lies in people who, while asking for forgiveness, knows very well that (s)he is going to turn right around and commit the same offense against me. It's easy to apologize. It's easy to ask forgiveness. It's difficult to change your ways. And it's difficult to forgive...especially when it's happened so many times before and both the forgiver and forgivee know it will happen again. Does forgiveness mean to forget the things they've done in the past? Even if they don't try to improve on the area of their lives they're asking forgiveness for? Does asking forgiveness include the effort to aviod that sin in the future? Is it really an apology if change...or desire to change...is not included in the apology? Matthew 12 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. So, here, it seems there's an instance where we cannot get forgiveness. Is this the "unpardonable sin"? ************************************** Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. This verse is in the same chapter, so I wanted to ask what it means by "if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask"? What does that part of the verse mean?