Matthew 6:14

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14 in Other Translations

KJV
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
ESV
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
NLT
14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
MSG
14 "In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others.
CSB
14 "For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.

Matthew 6:14 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 6:14

For if ye forgive men their trespasses
Christ here refers to the petition in ( Matthew 6:12 ) which is enforced with this reason and argument, "as", or "for", so ( Luke 11:4 ) "we forgive our debtors"; which he repeats and explains: and the reason why he singles out this particularly is, because he knew the Jews were a people very subject to revenge; and were very hardly brought to forgive any injuries done them: wherefore Christ presses it upon them closely to "forgive men their trespasses"; all sorts of injuries done them, or offences given them, whether by word or deed; and that fully, freely, from the heart; forgetting, as well as forgiving; not upbraiding them with former offences; and even without asking pardon, and though there might be no appearance of repentance. Now to this he encourages by saying,

your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
will hear your prayers, and manifest his forgiving love to you: not that the forgiveness of others is the procuring cause of forgiveness with God, which is the blood of Christ; or of the manifestation and application of it, that is, the advocacy of Christ; nor the moving cause of it, that is, the free grace of God: but this enters into the character, and is descriptive of the persons, to whom God is pleased to make a comfortable discovery, and give a delightful sense of his pardoning grace; such persons, so disposed and assisted by his grace, may expect it of him.

Matthew 6:14 In-Context

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 11:25,26; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13