The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 6:15
But if you forgive not men their trespasses…
other hand, where men are not of a forgiving temper to their
fellow creatures and fellow Christians, how can they expect
forgiveness at the hands of God? or what sense of pardoning grace
can there be upon their minds? Had they any right apprehensions of
the grace and goodness of God, in the forgiveness of their sins,
this would influence their minds, and engage their hearts to forgive
such who have offended them: wherefore, where this is wanting, it
may be concluded of, and said to such persons,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
It is a plain
case, that your Father has not given you a true sense of the pardon
of your sins, nor can you be certain that he will; nor have you any
reason to expect it, when you are so cruel and revengeful to others.
There is a considerable emphasis lies upon the word "men", to which
"heavenly Father" is opposed, and the sense, according to it, is,
that if men, who are upon an equal foot with each other, should not
forgive one another, how should it be expected that our Father which
is in heaven, who is so much above, and no ways obliged to us,
should forgive us?