“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.
It’s interesting that these verses follow the Lord’s prayer.
To me, this shows great importance to the power of forgiveness.
It is one of the ways that bring “Heaven on Earth” or Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Read – Matthew 18:21–35
To some, this may sound like a threat! But it is simply the consequences of not allowing forgiveness to do its work.
Forgiveness starts its work in us.
We must know that we have sinned allowing God’s mercy to restore us through forgiveness – This servant, I believe, didn’t think he did anything wrong, or at least that it wasn’t his fault.
In return, he couldn’t forgive his servant as well. Which created bondage for both?
If I hadn’t allowed myself to accept God’s grace through forgiveness, I would not know what to do with my parent’s request to forgive me.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
We have the power to bind and to loose
My parents released me from the bondage I had with them and in return, I was able to call my biological mother and release her.
Jesus came to restore all things. And He did that by dying on the cross which forgave us of all our sin’s. Plus, now that we are in Christ Jesus, we have been given that same ministry
2 Corinthians 5:17–19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Forgiveness is the fuel to this ministry of reconciliation!
But we first need to know that we have sinned and need His forgiveness. This will empower us to forgive those around us, no matter what they have done to us.
Forgiveness is the heavenly power that can restore all things.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.