“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” [Mt 6:14-15]
Busted up relationships have become a growing problem in the Church of Jesus Christ because too many of us are engaging in selective hearing loss when it comes to what Jesus is teaching above.
Our pews are filled with men and women who understand what Jesus is saying intellectually, but in their hearts, they see themselves and their circumstances as the exception to God’s rule. Whether we want to accept this truth or not, there is no exception to the rule when it comes to forgiving those who sin against us or offend us. To believe otherwise is to believe the devil’s lie.
You and I cannot get into Heaven if we leave this world in our sin, for sin cannot exist with God. If we don’t forgive people when they sin against us, God will not forgive us when we sin against Him. It’s as simple as that. Jesus didn’t mince words when it comes to this truth. It doesn’t matter how many times we go to church, what we do for the Lord, and how many times we may even go to Confession. If we are holding on to bitterness, resentment, and “unforgiveness,” and if we are shutting out another person from our lives because we cannot forgive them for any offense they may have committed against us, the barrier of our own sin still stands between us and God.
I know a woman in Philadelphia who goes to church every week. She attends every Bible study that the church offers, and even serves as the “Prayer Captain” of a prayer chain ministry at her local church. And yet, there are numerous people with whom this woman refuses to speak. She makes friends with people, gets upset with them, and writes them off for all time. Even when they write notes and cards to her seeking reconciliation, she ignores them and doesn’t even acknowledge them. This woman has been deceived by the father of lies. Her attendance at church and her participation in Bible studies have no value in the sight of God. Her many prayers to Him are going nowhere, though she knows it not. She has no idea that she herself stands in a state of “unconfessed sin” before the Lord because she refuses to forgive others when they sin against her.
When we start seeing ourselves and our circumstances as an exception to Christ’s rule regarding forgiveness, we are placing our soul in terrible danger. God is not going to pour out His forgiveness on us when we ask it of Him if we are not willing to turn around and do the same for others. When we start erecting barriers between ourselves and others because we can’t forgive them of the offenses they commit against us, we have also erected a barrier between us and God. That barrier is our own sin, which God refuses to forgive.
If people truly believed what Jesus taught, instead of seeing themselves as an exception to this rule, we wouldn’t have the problems that are taking place in too many Christian communities.
Jesus isn’t the liar; Satan is. Jesus said what He meant, and He meant what He said. If we forgive men when they sin against us, our Heavenly Father will also forgive us. But if we do not forgive men their sins, our Heavenly Father will not forgive our sins.
The names of those who follow this teaching are written in Heaven.
The “exceptions” have been utterly deceived.
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