Seeking Him Podcast

Neither Will Your Father

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: Jesus offers some strong words in Matthew 6. He says, “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (vv. 14–15).

John Piper reflected on this thought and said,

If the forgiveness we received at the cost of the blood of Jesus is so ineffective in our hearts that we are bent on holding unforgiving grudges and bitterness against someone, we're not saved. 1

I think one of the biggest reasons people find it difficult to accept and experience God’s love and forgiveness is a refusal to forgive others.

If we’re holding on to bitterness, we can never hope to enjoy the full, sweet taste of God’s compassion and mercy. Would you choose to forgive those who have wronged you and experience the forgiveness of your Father?

With Seeking Him, I’m Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.

1 http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/if-i-fail-to-forgive-others-will-god-not-forgive-me

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