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(Mat 6:15 CEV) But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

December 14, 2008

jesus-and-child(Mat 6:15 CEV)  But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 

This story will show you what the kingdom of heaven is like: One day a king decided to call in his officials and ask them to give an account of what they owed him. As he was doing this, one official was brought in who owed him fifty million silver coins. But he didn’t have any money to pay what he owed. The king ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all he owned, in order to pay the debt. The official got down on his knees and began begging, “Have pity on me, and I will pay you every cent I owe!” The king felt sorry for him and let him go free. He even told the official that he did not have to pay back the money. As the official was leaving, he happened to meet another official, who owed him a hundred silver coins. So he grabbed the man by the throat. He started choking him and said, “Pay me what you owe!” The man got down on his knees and began begging, “Have pity on me, and I will pay you back.” But the first official refused to have pity. Instead, he went and had the other official put in jail until he could pay what he owed. When some other officials found out what had happened, they felt sorry for the man who had been put in jail. Then they told the king what had happened. The king called the first official back in and said, “You’re an evil man! When you begged for mercy, I said you did not have to pay back a cent. Don’t you think you should show pity to someone else, as I did to you?” The king was so angry that he ordered the official to be tortured until he could pay back everything he owed. That is how my Father in heaven will treat you, if you don’t forgive each of my followers with all your heart.

(Mat 18:23-35 CEV)

 

God wants love to rule our lives and forgiveness is commanded.  If we do not forgive others,  we cannot expect to enter the kingdom of God, we in a sense are rejecting God’s grace.  Matthew 6:15 in my view does not affect salvation,  it is concerning the fullness of fellowship with God the Father.  God forgave us of all our sins by the blood sacrifice of Jesus,  we dare not deny God’s gift to us by holding onto unforgiveness toward others.

 

Receiving our salvation from God gives us love that we are to share with others.  If we do not follow the example of God with us in dealing with others, we do not have love and we are not being obedient.

 

 

 

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