20 bible verses and devotions About forgiveness
It is hard to forgive and forget. But if there is one thing the Bible is abundantly clear on, it is forgiveness. Because Jesus Christ forgave all our sins, even the worst, on the cross, we’re commanded to forgive others. Here are some Bible verses and devotions on forgiveness.
Bible Verses About forgiveness
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 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.
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.”
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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.”
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
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.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
1 John 1:9-10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Forgiveness is a very hard thing to do. Especially when the offender isn’t sorry or doesn’t seem to care. But the Bible teaches us that no matter the mindset of our offender, we should forgive. Jesus sets the ultimate example of forgiveness that we should follow.
The next time you feel yourself getting bitter and angry at someone who has betrayed or done you wrong, step back and read with the Word of God has to say about forgiveness. You can’t have bitterness and unforgiveness in your heary and be walking with Christ at the same time. The two can’t coexist.
Read these bible verses about forgiveness and study these devotions on forgiveness to help you get through this obstacle in your path.
Devotions about forgiveness
Do you like to argue? Do you like to fight it out verbally with others just to make your point? What does the Bible say about arguing and fighting? Should we abstain from arguing, strive for peace, or carefully pick our fights?
I was never one to hold a grudge. It’s just not my personality. But then life throws you some real curveballs, and hurt, disappointment and anger roll in. I had a choice to hold on to all of these and let it consume me. But I couldn’t. It just isn’t my personality. I grieved the time period that was, and chose to let it go. I read somewhere that forgiveness isn’t about the other person, it’s about you. Holding on to past hurts can literally and figuratively make you ill. I have no control over other people’s behavior. The only thing I can control is my reaction.
Do you struggle to forgive someone? I understand the challenge of forgiving a troublesome person. Forgiveness isn’t easy. My first instinct is to lash out and cause them emotional discomfort.
Have you ever tried to measure God’s grace? Probably not with a ruler, but maybe you’ve felt that God’s grace couldn’t possibly be extended to you because of a sin you’ve committed over and over again.
Do you hold onto the sins of others against you? Understanding how much you have been forgiven will help you find the freedom of forgiveness!