14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15 AMPC
The forgiven must forgive
I have done a lot of wrong in my life and I am truly thankful for God’s forgiveness towards me. God has truly been merciful to me and has allowed me to live when I should have been dead. I am forever grateful for His mercy and grace. Lord, I will show that same mercy and grace towards others. I will forgive because You have forgiven me. I will love those who do wrong towards me and pray for those who harm me.
Thank You Jesus!
• We see that God’s forgiveness is conditional. God will forgive us if we forgive others. If we do not forgive, then God will not forgive us of our sins.
• We enter into Heaven because we are forgiven. If we are not forgiven, then we will NOT be able to enter into Heaven. Jesus died so that our sins can be forgiven. If someone teaches that you do not have to forgive someone and you can enter into Heaven, they are then teaching that you can go to Heaven without your sins being forgiven. Jesus meant what He said. If you don't forgive, your Heavenly Father will not forgive you of your sins.
Some people will try to say that false Christians who were never really Christians, will not forgive. The Scripture doesn't say that. Jesus says, "Your Heavenly Father." It is clear that Jesus is talking to Christians or believers.
• Living in unforgiveness towards others is choosing to not want to go to Heaven.
32 Then his master called him and said to him, You contemptible and wicked attendant! I forgave and cancelled all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me to.
33 And should you not have had pity and mercy on your fellow attendant, as I had pity and mercy on you?
34 And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (the jailers), till he should pay all that he owed.
35 So also My heavenly Father will deal with every one of you if you do not freely forgive your brother from your heart his offenses.
Matthew 18:32-35 AMPC
• People may hurt you and do wrong to you. Let it go and forgive.
• We will reap whatever we sow. If we sow unforgiveness towards others, we will reap unforgiveness from God. (Galatians 6:7-8)
• God has forgiven us, and we must forgive too!