Forgiveness is something we all struggle with at times. We struggle with knowing if God really forgives us for something we have done.
We struggle with forgiving those that have hurt us. And we struggle with forgiving ourselves when we fail. That is why Bible verses about forgiveness help so much.
I have struggled in my life with all of these issues at one time or another so I hope that these verses about forgiveness encourages you in your walk with God as they have in mine.
A dear friend of mine once told me that when we forgive it is like writing off a debt. Just as the bank writes off loans that are unsecured when a person cannot or refuses to pay, so we write off emotional debts that others are unable to pay. We call them uncollected and let them go. That is what these Bible verses about forgiveness will show.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
21 "Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
[ Do Not Judge ] “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
33 "And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
And they divided His garments and cast lots. 35 And the people stood looking on. But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.”
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This is by far not a comprehensive list of forgiveness Bible verses. It is just a dab of all the verses on forgiveness that there is in the scriptures.
In these Bible verses about forgiveness you can see how to be forgiven by God, the importance of forgiving someone else, and also how you can finally find forgiveness for yourself.
I truly hope and pray that these verses have encouraged you to start walking in the forgiveness that is available to you and to give that forgiveness to others.
What are some of your favorite Bible verses about forgiveness? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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