Matthew 6:14 NASB
For if you forgive others for their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Forgive others to receive forgiveness
Our Savior let these words immediately follow after He has taught us the “Our Father.”
It is actually a repetition, as it were a confirmation of the prayer: Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
That is why they are of great importance to us.
For they show us that God takes to us the attitude that we take to our fellowmen.
The next verse adds, “But unless ye forgive man, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you.”
So we can be orthodox in doctrine, and thoroughly taught in the Scriptures, and yet be shut out of peace, yet stand up unreconciled from our knees!
What is more, we prove to have no knowledge of the atonement made by our Savior for our sins, if we ourselves are irreconcilable to our neighbours.
And this bitterness of heart brings upon us another sad lack.
We prevent God’s Spirit from finding the way to our heart.
We actually prevent Him from entering as long as we allow hatred, anger, and irreconcilability to reign in our hearts.
He who is forgiven much, also loves much.
He who loves much, and has received a ray of divine love, can also forgive much.
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