20 Powerful Bible Verses about Forgiveness – Forgiveness in the Bible

According to the Word of God we are forgiven all of our sins if we only call on the name of Jesus Christ and make Him our Lord and Savior.  The Word of God offers us many Bible verses about forgiveness, and shows us that we are forgiven, and because we are forgiven, we need to forgive others.

I am reminded of a quote from Lewis Smedes that really speaks volumes as to how important forgiveness towards others is in your life:

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Jesus Christ through His own shed blood, who is perfect and without a single sin is willing to forgive you, and because of this He calls us to be willing to forgive others as well.  This is very hard to do sometimes, especially to those whom we do not like and they have caused great hurt in our lives.
Here are 20 powerful and encouraging Bible verses about forgiveness
Bible Verses about Forgiveness

1 John 2:12 “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.”


1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”


James 5:14,15 “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”


Hebrews 9:22 “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness”


Colossians 3:13 “Make allowance for each others faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others”


Ephesians 4:22 “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”


Romans 5:15 “But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ”


Romans 4:5 “But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners”


Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”


John 20:23 “If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”


Luke 17:4 “Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”


Luke 6:37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”


Luke 5:24 “So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!””


Mark 11:25 “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.””


Matthew 12:31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.”


Matthew 6:14,15 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”


Psalm 32:1 “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!”


Proverbs 17:9 “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”


1 Kings 8:50 “Forgive your people who have sinned against you. Forgive all the offenses they have committed against you. Make their captors merciful to them.”


Luke 17:3 “So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.”


According to these Bible verses about forgiveness God calls us as Christians to forgive others, as He has forgiven us of our sins. If we do not forgive others, the Word of God tells us that we cannot be forgiven ourselves.

Although forgiving a person who has wronged you may be hard, it can be said that holding a grudge and living in unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. When you choose to forgive others from your heart and mind you release freedom and joy over your life, and you can move on.

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