For 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 (Matthew 6:14-15).
I keep waiting for some pastor or teacher to explain how this verse doesn’t mean what it seems to mean. You know, how there are 72 Greek words translated forgive, and how our position in Christ has absolutely nothing to do with the way we treat our fellow man.
I think I’ll be waiting a long time.
This verse means…what it means.
Our Father has little room in his kingdom for hypocrisy.
Does God call you to be a doormat? No, Beloved. Some relationships are toxic, and should not continue. But that does not mean that you let bitterness and anger and frustration and betrayal and vengeance fill your heart and rule your life. You have to let God sweep that junk out, and forgiveness is the broom.
What? You’re not strong enough to forgive what they did? You need help?
No problem, Beloved. I know a guy…