When we think of the “unforgivable sin,” we typically think of the verse saying ‘anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.’  This verse is a bit shrouded in mystery as to its interpretation and has had endless scholarly debate to determine its meaning.  But in this pericope on today’s schedule the unforgivable sin is very, very clear:

“…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.”

These words are clear and leave no room for misunderstanding.  If you want to be forgiven by the Lord, you must forgive others.  Period.  Plain and simple.

I think the part of this text that touched me the most was something I had never caught before.  It says “your Father” will not forgive you.   This is not just anyone but “your Father.”  Forgiveness was so costly to the Father, and unforgiveness such a profound slap in His face for all he’s done for us, that he cannot/will not forgive us unless we forgive others.  “Our Father.”  This is who we hurt when do not forgive.



Mt. 6:1-15  (Dec 28)