I thought that when I accepted Jesus Christ as my saviour, my sins were and will be forgiven.
But then I read 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6)
That seems like a different deal. Is my being forgiven conditional upon my ability to forgive others? Cuz if it is, I’m in trouble. (I understand that I need to ask to be forgiven everyday, cuz I muck up everyday.)
What confuses me is that even after I thought I’d forgiven someone, I will still think and say spiteful things about that person. Maybe less spiteful than before, and less often than before, but the forgiving thing seems to be a process. Not a switch that I can flip. Does my inability to forgive 100%, once and for all mean “neither will my Father forgive my trespasses?”
I know there’s something I’m not understanding here. What is it?