How To Forgive Others: 10 Bible Verses On Forgiveness

How about a deep dive into some verses about forgiveness? One of the most challenging commands in scripture to adhere to is the command to forgive others. It can be hard to wrap our minds around the fact that we are supposed to forgive people who have hurt us and let us down.

Here’s the thing about forgiveness: It is not for them. It is for you. Forgiveness is a key that lets you out of a prison build on unforgiveness with walls and bars constructed of bitterness, anxiety, resentment, and bondage. 

Forgiveness does not mean the person is innocent or that what they’ve done isn’t wrong or hurtful. Forgiveness is you choosing not to remember their actions against them. Forgiveness is you deciding to move on free, whole and healed. Forgiveness is your declaration that you aren’t going to live as a victim anymore. 

Here are some excellent bible verses on forgiveness to help you on your journey. 

Verses That Show The Worst In You Has Been Forgiven

It all starts at the cross. At the cross, all of your sins, past present and future, were forgiven.

We were enemies of God. We waged a rebellion against Him. Nevertheless, He sent His Son. Jesus chose to come to earth, and He faced temptations and challenges, and unlike us, He chose not to sin and instead He chose fellowship with the Father. 

His reward for living a sinless life? Rejection. Betrayal. Torture. Crucifixion. Death. Hell. 

All of that for you. All of that to pay the debt your sin racked up. All because of love. Jesus loves you. He loves all of you.

Not some far away future version of you where you are perfect, and you finally have your crap together. No. All of you. With whatever you are working through at this moment. Or whatever you are choosing to ignore and not work through at this moment. 

You are forgiven. Even the darkest parts of you. You are entirely forgiven and entirely and overwhelmingly loved.

But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 TPT

And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing l will stream from the Lord’s presence. Acts 3:19 TPT

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7 TPT

He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son. For in the Son all our sins are canceled, and we have the release of redemption through his very blood. Colossians 1:13 TPT

Farther than from a sunrise to a sunset— that’s how far you’ve removed our guilt from us. The same way a loving father feels toward his children— that’s but a sample of your tender feelings toward us, Psalm 103:12-13 TPT

You are my dear children, and I write these things to you so that you won’t sin. But if anyone does sin, we continually have a forgiving Redeemer who is face-to-face with the Father: Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world 1 John 2:1-2 TPT

 Verses That Confirm That Because You Are Forgiven You Can Forgive

It is tough to give away something you don’t have. Take money for instance. If you are broke, then you don’t have any money to give to someone else in need. It’s the same way in the kingdom. 

If you don’t know how loved you are by the Father, it will be really challenging to be loving towards others especially the more difficult people we encounter. 

If you aren’t aware of how much you have been forgiven of, it is challenging to give away forgiveness.

She has been forgiven of all her many sins. This is why she has shown me, such extravagant love. But those who assume they have very little to be forgiven will love me very little.” Luke 7:46-47 TPT

Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity. Colossians 3:13 TPT

Lay aside bitter words, temper tantrums, revenge, profanity, and insults.  But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love. Ephesians 4:31-32 TPT

Later Peter approached Jesus and said, “How many times do I have to forgive my fellow believer who keeps offending me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “Not seven times, Peter, but seventy times seven times! Matthew 18:21-22 TPT

I want to make sure you know that God is super familiar with where you are with forgiveness right now. He is not upset or disappointed that if it is still a challenging concept to wrap your mind around. If forgiveness is challenging for you, then know that God is a kind and loving Father and you can work through this with Him. 

We have a whole post here on Why A Good God Would Want You To Forgive, another one here on The Destructiveness of Forgiveness and a final post here for When You Want To Let It Go But Cant: How To Forgive Yourself & Others

Regardless of where you are at with forgiveness, know that the Father is with you and that He is working all things for your good.  love connecting with you and the

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