Christ encourages us to forgive infinity times. This may sound impossible to us but what Christ means is that we should forgive as many times as the chance appears.
Imagine He who made the ultimate sacrifice for mankind and was mistreated despite doing no wrong telling us to forgive.
He is the ultimate example. He did not hold our transgressions against us but rather died to save us.
People normally think forgiveness is solely for the offender. This is wrong. Forgiveness is for the offended too. When you forgive you are exhibiting the behavior of Christ himself.
You are relieving yourself of all the hurt and pain that has been caused you. You are letting it go.
People who forgive live happy lives. God forgives them also. That’s why when Jesus thought as to pray He said “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”(Matthew 6:12).
Forgiveness also brings togetherness. When you forgive someone for offending you, it brings you both together and you are able to coexist with that person.
Make it a habit to let things go. Holding on to past hurt and pains can affect your life in so many ways. It causes you to be a bitter person, it stops you from moving forward in life as you always focus on the past.
It can even lead to depression and cause sleepless nights and these can be very bad for your health and your wellbeing.
Here are a few bible verses about forgiveness to help you realize how God forgives us our sins always and why we should also forgive others.
Bible Verses about forgiveness from God
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you
Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
I, even I, am he who blots out
your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.
If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea
The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love, and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation
The priest is to make atonement before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven.
In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.
Bible verses about forgiving others
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors
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
Matthew 18: 21-22
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
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
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
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.
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven if there was anything to forgive, I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake
2 Corinthians 2:10
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Hatred stirs up conflict,
but love covers over all wrongs
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Whenever you find it hard to forgive someone and let go, go to the Lord in prayer to help you be able to forgive others.
Here’s a prayer about forgiveness to serve as a guide when praying.
Prayer for when you can’t forgive
I thank you that you love me
I thank you that despite my transgressions you sent your son to die for me.
I pray that you give me a forgiving heart
Let me not dwell on the hurt others cause me
Let me be able to love those who cause me pain
Help me let go of any guilt I feel for myself
Help me release any grudge I have for anyone
Give me the strength to forget the transgressions against me.
Just as you have loved me and accepted me despite my flaws
Help me accept others and myself
Thank you for answering my prayer
In Jesus’ name,