Jesus said, “If you forgive your fellow man of sins against you, God will forgive you of your sins, but if you do not forgive your fellow man, God will not forgive you.”
The good news is that anyone who condemns you will not testify against you in heaven. They will be condemned to hell.
The bad news is that sin is wanting ill will or misfortune or even death for another person. It returns those wishes for misfortune to you, and it can cause illness, disease and even death. The worst part is that, those feelings of anger, bitterness or desire to harm another person that you hold in your heart, will testify against you in heaven.
I guess the reasoning God uses can be explained in a verse in the Bible. It says, “If a man says that he loves God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar. How can he say that that he loves God whom he has not seen, yet hates his brother whom he has seen?” We are saved by our love of God, and if we hate our brother, it’s pretty obvious that we don’t love God.
This is why you can’t be a casual, part-time Christian. In order to learn of God and learn to love Him, we must join with others (as in a church), we must immerse ourselves in His word (the Bible), and contemplate His ways. Then we will learn to love Him and all His ways. Then we will be forgiven, and receive eternal life with Him. The choices are obvious. We can ignore God in this life and die. Or we can learn of Him and live forever. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may never come. Today is the only day that we know that we have to begin our journey with God in this life and in the next. Today is the day.
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