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. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part. (Matthew 6:14-15)
Have you ever had an “awkward” handshake with someone?
You try to grab their hand, but they’re going for the fist bump. Or you’re thinking fist bump and they’re going for a high five?
That’s sort of what’s happening in these verses…
God is extending an open hand of forgiveness to you, but your fist is tightly clenched as you hang on to a grudge.
If you want to grasp God’s hand in forgiveness, you must let go of the slights, wounds, hurts, insults, sins, and grievances you have against others. You probably have every right to hang on to those things.
Just as God has every right to hang on to your sins against Him…
…but He doesn’t.
SO LET IT GO!
It’s the only way to be able to hold onto those nail-scarred hands of Jesus that bring forgiveness.