Christians are commanded to forgive those who offend them. That’s practically an uneasy thing. You need these forgiveness Bible verses to better understand the reward attached.
There you are; calling yourself a Christian and being challenged to act godly in times of provocative situations. You ought to be filled with all the virtues or values of a true Christian when you ponder on Bible verses about forgiveness. On the contrary, your human instinct would call for vengeance and unforgiveness.
I believe it is time to break that spirit of unforgiveness before it leads you to damnation. As the Bible state;
“But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:15)
There is a command from our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive those who offend us. Never think of vengeance — that isn’t your portion but that of God. I believe the Bible verses about forgiveness here will help melt any hardened heart.
The blood of Abel called out for vengeance but the blood of Jesus has always been calling out for forgiveness. Such an unconditional love for his children should be received with honor.
Interestingly, longitudinal research conducted by BMC Psychology found out that those who willingly forgive their trespassers develop a positive mentality which is associated with lower depression. The best is when you are spiritually motivated to act that way.
God knows that forgiveness unloads us from certain spiritual burdens as well, that is why he commands every believer to exercise the act of forgiveness as the Bible has stated.
Scriptures To Help You Forgive People Their Sins
Now, may these forgiveness Bible verses inspire you to be a forgiven person. Just like the story of the compassionate father his prodigal son. My favorite is #30.
1. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”
2. “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”
3. “Whoever’s sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever’s sins you retain, they have been retained” (John 20:23).
4. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
5. ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord,
‘I will not be angry forever’ (Jeremiah 3:12).
6. “In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
7. “Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
8. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).
9. “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
10. “Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39).
11. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
12. “Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your q sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
13. “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 18:21-22).
14. “Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity” (Joel 2:13).
15. “Watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3).
16. “In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
17. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).
18. “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).
19. “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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
20. “Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).
21. “And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).
22. “The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21).
23. “For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him” (2 Chronicles 30:9).
24. “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” (James 5:14-15)
25. “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots” (Luke 23:34).
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven” (Luke 12:10).
27. “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
28. “Help us, God of our salvation, for the glory of your name. Deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake” (Psalms 79:9).
29. “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).
30. “Then Peter came to him and said, “Lord, how often can my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not tell you up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21 – 22).
Bear in mind that forgiveness is a command from God. You have no valid excuse not to forgive the one who has wronged you. May this godly act always be one of the fruits you bear in life as a Christian. Stay blessed!