Bible Verses About Forgiveness

We’ve all experienced situations where we’ve hurt someone or someone has hurt us. It ‘s impossible to have any type of relationship without forgiveness being present. Sometimes we find ourselves needing to forgive and other times we may need to be forgiven. Regardless of the situation, it seems that many of us have a poor view of forgiveness and its impact. This factor has a huge impact on both our health and spiritual walk with God. In short, forgiveness is essential to our Christian walk. To get a better understanding of why it’s important, let’s explore what the Bible says about forgiveness.

We All Need Forgiveness

When it comes to forgiving others, it can be helping to remember Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. When viewing the world from a spiritual perspective, it may be helpful to remember that we were all born into a world of sin. We would all be lost forever without God’s intervention. Think about all of the times that you’ve made a mistake. Each of these times, God was there to offer you forgiveness. It’s much easier to forgive other people when you first consider how you have been forgiven.

Forgiving Others is Required to Gain Forgiveness

When it comes to forgiveness in the area of relationships, remember that forgiveness in relationships is based on our own ability to forgive others. Matthew 6: 14-15 notes the following:

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

This is often a challenging verse to process. While God’s forgiveness is always present, it asks that we extend the same grace to other people first. If we hold onto bitterness in our hearts, this is the time to give it over to God. Our eternal lives are dependent upon our own ability to forgive.

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Preventing Forgiveness Harms Our Relationship with God

When we consider our relationship with God, remember that God calls Christians to leave their sacrifice at the altar and to seek out reconciliation before moving forward with that sacrifice. Matthew is a book of the Bible that focuses on Christian reconciliation and often encourages believers that they should seek to resolve conflict before communing with God. Although we no longer make physical sacrifices, it’s still important to follow the Biblical command to resolve conflict as much as we can.

Although there are many Bible verses about forgiveness, keep in mind that you can’t always resolve every single conflict. Many times, the person who has harmed you may not want to be forgiven or have any remorse for their actions. In these situations, you can still continue to forgive them but you may not be able to be reconciled to that individual. Regardless of the situation, remember that we forgive others because God has forgiven a greater debt that we have incurred. This allows us to live in grace and also to forgive others who have harmed us.

Bible Verses About Forgiveness

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Daniel 9:9 “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.”

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more …”

Isaiah 1: 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.'”

Micah 7:18-19 “Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

Hebrews 10:17 “Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

Jeremiah 31: 34 “For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”

Jesus’ forgiveness

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Luke 5: 20 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’”

Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Matthew 18: 21-22 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'”

Matthew 6: 14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Bible verses about forgiving others

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Ephesians 4: 31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Matthew 6:9-15 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”

Bible verses about new beginnings

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Luke 7:47 “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Psalm 40:3 “He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.”

Ezekiel 11:19 “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”

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