God Forgives Us Conditionally
(Reading time: 0.6 minutes. All scripture quotations are from the NIV 1984 Bible.)
The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most widely known prayer in the world. Yet it contains a statement most of us repeat without really considering what it means: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt. 6:12). This means we’re asking God to forgive us like, how, in the same manner, or to the same extent we have forgiven (past tense) others. Jesus clearly was saying this is the manner in which God forgives us, because he emphasized the point after he completed the prayer: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matt. 6:14-15).
We’re to forgive others so our Father in heaven may forgive us.
For a more complete study, please go to the following article: Unforgiveness: Is It Really a Problem?