Then you will be forgiven.”
ἀπολύετε, καὶ ἀπολυθήσεσθε·
Luke indicated that Jesus told his followers to forgive others (ἀπολύετε). Then they would be forgiven (καὶ ἀπολυθήσεσθε). This saying about forgiveness seems similar to Mark, chapter 11:25, and Matthew, chapter 6:14-15. Mark indicated that Jesus said that whenever they would stand and pray, they should forgive others, especially if they had anything against anyone. Then their heavenly Father would also forgive them. Matthew had Jesus say that their heavenly Father would forgive them if they forgave others for their missteps or trespasses. On the other hand, if they did not forgive others, their heavenly Father would not forgive them. This came right after the “Our Father” prayer in Matthew. Do you really forgive other people?
“Whenever you stand
If you have anything
May also forgive you
καὶ ὅταν στήκετε προσευχόμενοι, ἀφίετε εἴ τι ἔχετε κατά τινος, ἵνα καὶ ὁ Πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς ἀφῇ ὑμῖν τὰ παραπτώματα ὑμῶν.
This saying about forgiveness seems similar to Matthew, chapter 6:14, that came right after the “Our Father” prayer. Mark indicated that Jesus said that whenever they would stand and pray (καὶ ὅταν στήκετε προσευχόμενοι), they should forgive (ἀφίετε) others, especially if they have anything against anyone (εἴ τι ἔχετε κατά τινος). Then their heavenly Father would forgive them (ἵνα καὶ ὁ Πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς ἀφῇ ὑμῖν) for their missteps or trespasses (τὰ παραπτώματα ὑμῶν). What are these trespasses? The Greek word “τὰ παραπτώματα” means to fall away after being close, a lapse, a deviation from the truth, an error, a slip up, relatively unconscious, or non-deliberate. Apparently, this was not a serious offense, something like daily implied insensitive insults. However, they still had to forgive these trespasses of others to be forgiven by the heavenly father. You can see how the idea of trespasses came to be so important in the “Our Father,” “The Lord’s Prayer.”