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15 Bible Verses on Forgiveness

15 Bible Verses on Forgiveness

When we really dig into Scripture’s teaching on forgiveness, we find that it stretches and challenges us, forcing us into the uncomfortable territory of being more like Jesus. Forgiving others is less about them and more about us being like Jesus. We all sin and wrong others, but we also have the power to let go and let God.

Just maybe the forgiveness you can offer someone will be what opens their heart to knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Here is our collection of Bible verses on forgiveness to others and ourselves

  • 1. Psalm 103:11-12

    Psalm 103:11-12 "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."

  • 2. Luke 17:3-4

    Luke 17:3-4 "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him."

  • 3. Proverbs 24:29

    Proverbs 24:29 "Do not say, 'I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.'"

  • 4. Romans 12:19

    Romans 12:19 "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'”

  • 5. Matthew 5:39

    Matthew 5:39 "But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."

  • 6. Ephesians 4:29

    Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

  • 7. Romans 12:17

    Romans 12:17 "Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all."

  • 8. Ephesians 4:32

    Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

  • 9. Colossians 3:12-14

    Colossians 3:12-14 "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."

  • 10. Matthew 5:24

    Matthew 5:24 "First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."

  • 11. Romans 12:18

    Romans 12:18 "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."

  • 12. 1 Peter 3:8

    1 Peter 3:8 "Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind."

  • 13. Acts 13:38-39

    Acts 13:38-39 "Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through [Jesus] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses."

  • 14. Ephesians 4:29

    Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."

  • 15. Hebrews 13:12

    Hebrews 13:12 "So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood."

    *This slideshow was adapted from the article, What Do You Really Mean When You Say "I Forgive You," written by Jared Olivetti - originally appearing on GentleReformation.com.