The Greek word “aphiemi” used in the Gospels and translated “forgive” means to leave or let go, and to give up a debt. So therefore, forgiveness means that a relationship has been renewed and restored despite a wrong that has been done, or in modern day application “karma” is erased by “grace.” And this is where aphiemi goes beyond human forgiveness to the loving grace of God, where believers are so forgiven that, in God’s eyes, it is as if they had never wronged and they have no debt to pay. And that is the power of ultimate love and grace to which karma breaks down as it cannot be held against one.
And it is those who realize the depth of their sin that can truly appreciate forgiveness. It is those who love much that are forgiven much.
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” – Jesus (Luke 7:46-48)