10 Bible Verses That Show Us How To Forgive

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Sometimes, when we find it hard to forgive we turn to our friends, family or even resources online to help us on our path to forgiving. Yet, there is one resource that we often overlook even though it tells the most compelling story of forgiveness and contains the best examples of forgiveness. This book is The Bible and the story is the one where God sends his son to die on the cross for our sins. It is the ultimate example of how we are to forgive.

The Bible also contains several other stories and verses that we can use to show us what forgiveness looks like and how we can forgive those in our lives that have caused us great pain. While there are several verses that show us how to forgive, we have narrowed it down to the top 10. So whether you are needing to forgive someone currently or not, chances are you will soon. Read these verses and remember them, applying them to your life when the time comes.

“Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.” - Ephesians 4:31-32

“You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.” -Colossians 3:12-13

“So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” -Luke 17:3-4

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? "Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times." - Matthew 18: 21-22

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins might find it difficult to forgive others when they wrong us.” -Matthew 6:14-15

 “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 NIV

“If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.” -2 Corinthians 2: 5-8

“On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” -Romans 12:20

“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" - Matthew 6: 14-15

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” -1 Peter 3:9


InspirationalHeidi McDow