In what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus told us to pray the following:

forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.*

Is God’s forgiveness conditional or unconditional? Yes.

The Bible is overwhelming in it’s revelation that God’s forgiveness is unconditional. So how can we understand this part of the prayer that Jesus taught us?

Simply put, a forgiven heart is a forgiving heart. As you are able to receive God’s freely given acceptance, grace, and forgiveness and let it be a part of your life you will be a truly forgiving person.

The opposite is also true: An unforgiven heart is an unforgiving heart.

If you are not a truly forgiving person, the reason is because you have not received God’s acceptance, grace, and forgiveness and let it be a part of your life. This can be so even if you know about God, go to church, read your Bible, etc.

As our hearts our deceitful above all things, we need to regularly pray for this connection between God’s forgiveness and our forgiveness of others.

*Matthew 6:9-13 on BibleGateway