Forgive, or you will not be forgiven
Matthew 6:14–15 (ASV)
14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 6:37 (ASV)
37And judge not, and ye shall not be judged: and condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: release, and ye shall be released:
While visiting a farm, Corrie Ten Boom spoke to the father about forgiving his son using the scripture taught to "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors". That night, father and son were reconciled!
A Chinese evangelist whose entire family was killed by the Boxers was unable to find peace, nor was he able to pray, until he forgave his enemies; whom he was previously planning to murder. God showed him plainly that if he would not forgive his enemies, God could not forgive him.
An evangelist confessed his bitterness and struggle to avenge the killing of his family. The understanding that Christ forgives us as we forgive us our sins as we forgive those who offend us brought him to the place of prayer.
Yeh was embroiled in a lawsuit with the Chang family. But after attending a meeting where Jonathan Goforth taught on forgiveness, Yeh was convicted to become a Christian and to forgive the Changs. In just 3 months, God used the dramatic change in Yeh to lead every member of the Chang family to new life in Christ.
When Ah Lung told Jackie Pullinger he wanted to become a Christian, she told him he needed to forgive the guards who ill-treated him in prison. He vowed not to but soon changed his mind when he learnt that unless he forgives, he cannot be forgiven too.
Faced with the choice to hold on to hate and continue to loathe does who by their false witness had him imprisoned, Mr. Stockwell chose the way of life; he chose forgiveness. He knew that to be forgiven he too needed to forgive! Great joy and peace, even behind bars, was his lot as he obeyed his Master.
A young lady in distress of mind could not find peace despite having promise after promise quoted to her from the scripture. It was only when she revealed her bitterness towards another young lady that Mr Moody realized that she needed to forgive to receive salvation. As she and her offender knelt together and forgave each other, joy beamed on their souls, their difficulties vanished and salvation was gladly received.
Russell Stendal found precious internal freedom and lasting psychological welfare as he forgave his captors through the power of Christ.
Corrie ten Boom helps a man overcome bitterness and unforgiveness by sharing her own, similar experience, and how Jesus delivered her.
Tom Hamblin is convicted of his unforgiveness, there and then he forgives. As a result, he experienced an instant special anointing in his preaching and teaching.