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Bible Verses About Forgiveness -- Where to Find Forgiveness in the Bible

Updated on July 4, 2011

Struggling with Forgiveness? Discover Forgiveness in the Bible

While we sometimes struggle, we should practice forgiveness as Christ forgives us.
While we sometimes struggle, we should practice forgiveness as Christ forgives us.

Forgiveness in the Bible

Moments will occur in our lives when we struggle with forgiveness, whether it is forgiving someone who has wronged us or allowing us to forgive ourselves for things we've done in our past.

While it is not always easy, understanding how God sees forgiveness through scripture will help us better understand why we should practice forgiveness of ourselves and others.

Read on to discover dozens of Bible verses about forgiveness and know that God will reward those who are willing to forgive and love those who wrong you.

Biblical Encouragement for Forgiveness

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

Luke 7:47: ...But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.

Luke 17:3-4: "If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive.4Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.

Mark 11:24-25: I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you've received it, it will be yours. 15But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

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

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

How We Are Forgiven

Exodus 34:7: I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generation.  I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.

Ephesians 1:7: He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of the Son and forgave our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14: For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear son, 14who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Colossians 2:13: You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

Psalm 78:37-39: Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant. 38Yet, he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury! 39For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

Psalm 86:5: O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Isaiah 55:7: Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.  Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to God, for he will forgive generously.

Jeremiah 31:34: "...And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins."

Hosea 14:2: Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.  Say to him, "Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us so that we may offer you our praises."

Matthew 6:11-12: (From the Lord's Prayer) Give us this day our daily bread, 12And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us.

Matthew 26:27-28: And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, "Each of your drink from it, 28for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people.  It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many."

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.

Romans 4:7: Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.

Bible Verses About Forgiveness

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      6 years ago

      Its exactly true as chdliren of God we are to forgive and forget everyone, This has to come from the bottom of our heart. although it is not possible with our own strength the divine love of God fills us with sufficient grace to do it. PRAISE THE LORD

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      6 years ago

      What a pleasure to find someone who idinetfies the issues so clearly

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      9 years ago

      how can i forgive someone who doesn't even ask forgiveness.i can but it was was easier to forgive someone who ask for it..but so hard if it doesn't.still i pray that one day he will feel what im feeling right now.i hold a grudge that i try to fight of having this grudge.i try not to hate.sometimes i weep so hard that i wish i can forget the pain..

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      9 years ago

      Actually, the exact saying of "forgive and forget" comes from Shakespeare's King Lear. This is the first 1/2 of the phrase. The rest of the line said by King Lear is: "forgive and forget, for I am Old and foolish."

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      9 years ago

      We struggle sometimes to forgive one or even ten, but God sees the sins of the whole world! Even so, He forgives when we repent by turning to Him, accepting His sacrifice for our sins on the cross. With so many sins forgiven, we should have no problem releasing others of their sins against us, for God is faithful to make things right. Amen.

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      11 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      young lady, u have truly been blessed by Him. Great Work. would like to encourage u to continue on, in so that others may learn from you, and like me, appreicate you, and your God given talents, and great heart, that u clearly possess.

      In Christian Charity,


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      DeShawn Collins 

      11 years ago from Las Vegas

      excellent hub, we all struggle with hurt and sometimes it's hard to forgive ourselves and others

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      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      We struggle sometimes to forgive one or even ten, but God sees the sins of the whole world! Even so, He forgives when we repent by turning to Him, accepting His sacrifice for our sins on the cross. With so many sins forgiven, we should have no problem releasing others of their sins against us, for God is faithful to make things right. Amen.

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      Gloria Cowdery 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Awesome resource! And thank you, this hub is an encouragement!

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      James A Watkins 

      11 years ago from Chicago

      Outstanding Hub! Foregiveness is one of my favorite subjects and you quoted just the right Scriptures for it to be properly understood. Thank you for your service. God Bless!


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