“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Matthew 6:9-12
If we do not forgive, we ARE NOT forgiven. According to Jesus, eternal hell awaits all who die without forgiving all others from their heart - regardless of their previous relationship with the LORD (Matt. 18:21-35; Mk. 11:25-26, etc.).
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26
To bring a reality check, all one need do is take an honest moment to recall all the evil thoughts, words, and actions which he himself has committed in the eyes of a holy God. As we need mercy, Jesus commanded us to show mercy. Dish it out liberally friend!
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
God showed you and I the greatest mercy when He sent His only begotten Son to bleed, be buried, and be raised again – all while we were yet in sin (Romans 5:6-9). He bought our redemption with His own blood and requires that we render mercy to others as He has shown to us.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
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