16. Matthew 6:14 says that if you forgive others when they transgress against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.
Jesus is clear that we are to extend grace to others. If we fail to do so, then we are disobedient to the greatest commandment.
In addition to this, there are two other times in the New Testament where forgiveness of sins is discussed at length: upon receiving Jesus as our Savior (see John 20:23) and after being born again through faith in Christ (see Acts 10:43).
After both of these events occur, people are required to proceed immediately into heaven rather than waiting until the day of judgment to be forgiven of their sins.
It should also be noted that while we must forgive others, they are not obligated to forgive us. For example, if I am angry with my friend and refuse to forgive him, he has no obligation to forgive me. We have free will and can decide what role we want to play in this relationship. If he decides not to forgive me, that is his choice and his responsibility alone.
Finally, it should be noted that God's plan of salvation includes taking on human form so that we could experience his forgiveness and love.
14:15 (Right after the Lord's Prayer, by the way), Jesus says: For if you forgive others when they offend against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. However, if you do not forgive others' sins, your father will not forgive yours.
Jesus was not telling us to go easy on people. He was not suggesting that we should be hypocrites and hold grudges. He was not advocating self-punishment. He was not asking us to put ourselves in a compromising position by going beyond what is acceptable or practical. What Jesus was saying is that if you want your father to love you, then you must first learn to love others.
God loves us so much that he gave his only Son so that we can be with him forever. He wants us to have a close relationship with him, so he created us free from sin. If we refuse to accept his gift of salvation through Christ, we will end up in hell forever with the devil and his followers.
So forgiveness is important because it affects our relationship with God and others.
14 For if you forgive others' transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others' trespasses, your Father will not forgive yours. 6:13 Matthew Or the evil one; some manuscripts include this as well. For the dominion, power, and glory are eternally yours. Amen.
Jesus said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, your Father will not forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:14-15)
God's call to us is to forgive others so that we can be forgiven. It is an act of love and humility that manifests God's nature toward us.
Forgiving others takes courage. They may have hurt you deeply or done something unforgivable. Yet, your freedom in Christ enables you to let go of the past and start fresh. You can write them off like they never happened. Or, you can choose to forgive them and move on with your life.
As you consider how to respond to people who have harmed you, keep in mind that forgiveness frees you to live a happy life. It removes the burden that has been crushing you and lets you go after what matters most.
It takes courage to forgive others, but it is an act of love that brings joy to your heart.
What Does the Bible Have to Say About Forgiving Someone Who Has Hurt You? NIV 6:14–15 (Matthew) Because if you forgive others when they offend against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. "However, if you do not forgive the crimes of others, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Jesus said that we should forgive others because God has forgiven us. Jesus also said that unless we forgive others they won't be able to forgive us. In other words, there is no real forgiveness without first being received.
The best way to receive forgiveness is to first of all extend it. If you want to be received properly, then you must give a proper reception. When you withhold forgiveness you are punishing them without even knowing it. This is not what God wants from us; instead, he wants us to show him love by keeping his commandments.
God desires our happiness more than our misery. He gave us free will so that we can make our own choices about how we live our lives. If someone has done you harm then you have the right to hold this against them if you choose to do so. However, if you don't forgive them then you are doing them a favor by giving them the opportunity to continue with their sins.