Can We Be Forgiven If We Won’t Forgive?

In Mark 11:25 Jesus makes the statement: “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

That statement can raise a whole lot of questions! I did not address these in length in the sermon Sunday, so thought I’d share a great quote from R.C. Sproul that I found helpful…

…there is an analogy between our forgiveness of others’ sins and God’s forgiveness of our sins. God does not forgive us unilaterally; He requires repentance. But when we repent, He does forgive. We must do the same. If someone injures us or offends us, but then he apologizes, confesses his sin, and asks for our forgiveness, we cannot hold a grudge. If we do, we can expect the same from God. Jesus’ point is that every Christian is to be standing ready at any moment to forgive any offense if the offending person repents.

Link to the message from Mark 11:12-25, Where False Faith Fails, True Faith Soars.