Here are the 68 most powerful Bible scriptures on forgiveness. We have organized these incredible Bible verses by book.
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.
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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.
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”
Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.
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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 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 John 1:8
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:12
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
1 John 2:2
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
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.
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
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.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
‘Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
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.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
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.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
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.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
And rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
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 as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
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.
“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
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.
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
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.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
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.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.