Matthew 6:12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:35 “My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
One thing a lot of new believers find difficult, is forgiving others, and I was no exception, but as I listened to sermons, participated in small groups; and studied my Bible, God’s word, I discovered and was convicted forgiving was not an option. The words of Jesus are very plain on the subject, and if I wanted to be a disciple of His, I needed to do as He instructed me. Jesus does not give me a reason, or a psychological explanation, other than God will not forgive me if I don’t forgive others. He just tells me to forgive, the fact He tells me should be enough. Like so many other things Jesus told me to do, I did not discover the benefits of trusting obedience to Him, until after applying His word to my life and personally experiencing the results of peace and joy. I was convicted I needed to forgive my father and visited with him in Chicago. I forgave him face to face, but he felt like he was a good guy and did not need to be forgiven, I did it anyway. After that, I proceeded to forgive many more, most of whom had been out of my life for many years. Some I thought I could never forgive, but I did. I have not forgotten all the things they did, but it doesn’t matter. Anyone that hasn’t obeyed the call to forgive, is missing the incomparable peace and joy that God is blessing me with. Forgiving others, other than receiving the great gift of eternal salvation, has to be at the top of the list, of the best orders of Jesus I have obeyed.