There are some truths in Scripture that seem nice on a surface reading, but upon further consideration, are actually quite jolting. Matthew 6:12 is one of those verses, where the Lord teaches us to pray, saying, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Now stop and think. This is a radical prayer request. Are you willing to pray this way: “Father, I ask that you would forgive me the way that I forgive others”? That is how the Lord teaches you and me to pray!
And this is not the only verse that connects our treatment of others with God’s treatment to us. Psalm 18:25 says, “With the kind you show Yourself kind.” Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given to you.” What a stunning thought, that the way you treat others in some way determines how God treats you. It’s true that nothing can separate believers from God’s love, but we will not experience the fullness of God’s blessing when we are not loving one another as Christ commands (Psalm 32:3-5; Hebrews 12:5). As God’s children, may we understand this correlation and keep this as the high priority it is, to love one another, to both receive the fullness of God’s blessing and be a blessing to each other.