25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.
Jesus is clear on one thing: If you want to be forgiven, you must forgive. This is a complicated subject. At what point have you forgiven someone? I think that to answer that question we have to look at how God has forgiven us.
- We didn’t have to earn God’s forgiveness.
- God doesn’t bring up our past once He’s forgiven us.
- God deals with us through Jesus’ righteousness. In other Word’s, God sees us through His Son’s purity.
Our forgiveness is contingent upon our ability to forgive those who hurt us.