Jesus said a parable about a servant who was forgiven by a king an enormous amount of debt. That forgiven servant would NOT forgive another who owed him a small debt. When the king heard this, he became angry and sent the man (whom he had forgiven the enormous debt) to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
Jesus said, “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to YOU if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” (See Matthew 18:23-35 NLT)
Jesus also said, “If YOU forgive those who sin against YOU, your heavenly Father will forgive YOU. But if YOU refuse to forgive others, your Father will NOT forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NLT)
Notice Jesus said “YOU” as in YOU and I. He’s talking to His followers, YOU and I.
Have you truly forgiven your ex-spouse? Your spouse who cheated on you? Those who betrayed you? Those who treated you harshly? Or are you still bitter, resentful and unforgiving?
Christians or not, Jesus was crystal clear, if we do not forgive from the heart, “OUR” Father will NOT forgive us our sins. We cannot go to heaven if we are not forgiven our sins.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-22 NLT)