What Does The Bible Say About Forgiveness?

Lack of forgiveness and further revengeful attitude not only affects us and those around us but it also leaves us bereft of the blessing of God beause Jesus has commanded us to forgive. Hence, it is essential to develop a forgiving outlook.

“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
~ Mark 11:25

In addition, when we choose not to forgive, we actually cause ourselves to suffer more by holding a grudge or being imprisoned by bitterness, anger, resentment, etc. On the other hand, when we try to forgive, we are freed from these negative emotions.

Furthermore, Christianity teaches that God forgives us when we sincerely repent for our sins and forgive others for their wrongdoings. Forgiveness, however, is a slow process that requires a conscious effort.

Here are a few Bible quotes about forgiveness

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
~ Matthew 6:12-15

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:”
~ Luke 6:37

“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
~ Matthew 18:21-22

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
~ Matthew 5:44

“Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.”
~ Luke 17:3

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

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
~Acts 2:38

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
~ Psalm 32:1-2

“And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
~ James 5:15

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
~ Colossians 3:13

“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)”
~ Mark 2:10

“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
Luke 24:47

The ultimate example of forgiveness is when Lord Jesus Christ was unimaginably tortured and humiliated while hanging on the cross, and yet He prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)