The New Testament of the Bible has a lot to say about forgiveness; specifically, the great redemption of Christ’s followers through his sacrifice. Still, there’s also a fair number of passages in both the Old and New Testaments outlining the importance of forgiveness in the hearts of believers. If you’ve ever struggled to find forgiveness in your heart for those who have wronged you, here are ten Bible passages on the subject which may help you along your path.
- Matthew 6:14-15 – “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (New International Version)
- Ephesians 4:31-32 – “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” (New International Version)
- Luke 6:37 – “Do not judge, and you will not be judge. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (New International Version)
- John 8:7 – “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.'” (New International Version)
- Luke 17:3-4 – “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.” (New International Version)
- Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (New International Version)
- Matthew 18: 21-22 – “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'” (New International Version)
- Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (New International Version)
- 2 Corinthians 2:5-8 –” If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he as 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.” (New International Version)
- Galatians 6:1-2 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (New International Version)
While it’s not always easy to forgive others, it is something as Christians we are called to do. The Bible makes it clear, many times, that forgiveness and tolerance are callings of the faith that must not be ignored. With the power of prayer and the guidance of God’s Word, you can let go of past hurts and continue to grow in Christ.