The word “forgive” appears 127 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 30 most powerful Bible scriptures on forgiveness.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
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.
“But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
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.”
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord: “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”
“For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
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. Selah.
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
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