“And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.” Matthew 18:34,35
Who is Jesus talking to? Answer: His disciples. Who are the torturers? They are demons. What is required by God? That in view of the great amount we have been forgiven by God, we must forgive all that hurt us and do injustice to us, especially our Christian brothers. What if we disobey and refuse to forgive? If we disobey, God will cancel our forgiveness with Him, hand us over to demons, where we will stay until we repent. But if we die in a state of bitterness, these demons will torment us forever until we are thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Please, remember. Forgiveness is not an optional extra for spiritual Christians. It is a vital element of our own spiritual survival. If you can’t forgive others to please God, at least forgive others for your own sake. God won’t bend the rules for you, and He won’t bend them for me. Do not let anyone deceive you with empty words. The teachings of Jesus are the standards by which we will be judged.