Forgiveness can be incredibly difficult at times. Whether someone has harmed us in some way or we have wronged someone else, it’s a humbling process we go through as believers. The Bible is full of areas of forgiveness, and ultimately this is displayed on the cross.
We have a tendency to forget how much God has forgiven us through the finished work of Jesus. Think about how you have sinned today, yesterday, last week, over this past month, maybe throughout the year…and you are still forgiven, for all eternity, because of Jesus. And now as followers of Him, we are to do the same for others regardless of however they have wronged us.
When we don’t forgive others, we forget our first love and what Jesus has done for us.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on forgiveness:
Acts 2:38 – And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 8:1-2 – There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set youfree in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Ephesians 1:7 – In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
Colossians 2:13-14 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Nehemiah 9:17 – They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 32:5 – I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.