Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Forgiveness can be most difficult. Holding it back has the power to damage and destroy, and releasing it has the power to restore and bring life. If you believe in Jesus Christ, you have received His forgiveness for your sins. There is nothing we can do apart from Jesus that can make right how we have hurt God. All of us were at one time "dead in our transgressions". Believing in Christ, we have been made alive, and the new design of our hearts is to be permeated with the same forgiveness that was extended to us. The gospel message commands forgiveness.