The Unforgiving In Heart
The unforgiving in heart will nullify their own forgiveness, according to the ultimate authority—the Lord Jesus (Mt. 18:21-35)! Furthermore, the Father forgiving us of our sins is conditional upon us forgiving others who have sinned against us. Jesus taught:
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 (Mt. 6:14,15).
This can only be referring to the saved, for the unsaved have the devil as their spiritual father (Jn. 8:44), and he can’t forgive our sins!
Also, Jesus elaborated on this important subject of forgiving others at another time when Peter asked him about the number of times he should forgive his brother who sins against him (Mt. 18:21-35). [See the chapter addressing this teaching entitled, The Importance of Forgiving in our 801 page volume, The Believer’s Conditional Security.]
Scripture elsewhere reiterates the dangers of hatred and bitterness. Gal. 5:15 and Heb. 12:15, respectively, read:
If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Unforgiveness, hatred and bitterness seem to be implied here, as are other works of the sinful nature.
Copyright, Dan Corner.