Forgive To Be Forgiven
25 "Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."
This seems harsh, at least stern. But what is the context of Jesus’ command? In talking about forgiving or not forgiving Jesus opens up one of the sweetest topics in heaven and when He talks about the Father forgiving any of us He brings up a most improbable possibility made possible because of His great love and heart of compassion. So Jesus’ point is made – if your Heavenly Father, residing in perfect holiness, and justice can find a way to forgive you your transgressions, then surely you can turn around and bless a brother or sister by extending restoration to them.
Jesus is serious now – if you can’t find a way to forgive, you won’t find a place of forgiveness either.
Don’t play any kind of games with this one. If you are refusing to forgive anyone, don’t expect to find forgiveness from your Father and that means living in broken fellowship until you surrender. That means there is something between you and God that takes you out of fellowship (not relationship) and will break your heart until you agree to forgive your brother or sister.
Think about this:
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.