Bible with Cross ShadowFor 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. Matthew 6:14-15

This may be the most direct, easily understood and often taught saying of Jesus. So, why is the church so divided over the trespasses of others? It is tragically ironic that such a saying – and the consequences of not doing it – has had so little response in the church. Perhaps the easy, once saved always saved, gospel has turned this saying of Jesus into an option.

So, let me ask you: What does it mean if the Father does not forgive someone’s trespasses? Will He allow such a person into His presence? Does the blood of Jesus somehow make this saying of Jesus null and void? If so, then we would have to surmise that this saying is only for the lost. That is the only way it would make sense.

No, there is something more going on here. Jesus was speaking to His followers then; and this is for us now. Let’s not be so naive to think that we are free in this area. Let’s not underestimate the consequences.

Whatever your opinion on the conditions for salvation, certainly we can agree that the consequences of even one unforgiven trespass will be tragic. Perhaps we should take some time for a heart examination.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24

Humbly yours and forever His,