And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25 NIV
How do we show our love to God? By loving others. Jesus says when we come to worship we need to be right with the people around us. If we are asking for forgiveness for our sins, we need to forgive those that have sinned against us. We can forgive even if those that have hurt us have not asked to be forgiven. There are some people that have done horrible things and we need God’s assistance to forgive. Forgiveness does not mean we have to have a loving relationship with them. We do not have to put ourselves in a position to be abused.
In most cases, forgiveness heals relationships. If we are not willing to forgive others, how can we be forgiven? Only when we are right with others can we be right with God.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 1 John 4:11 NLT