20 Life-Changing Bible Verses About God’s Forgiveness

Whether you’re struggling to forgive someone else or wondering if God has really forgiven you, here are 20 of the most impactful bible verses about God’s forgiveness in the Bible.

Do you struggle with bitterness or resentment?

Do you harbor unforgiveness in your heart for someone?

Perhaps you struggle to forgive yourself for something you’ve done.

Maybe it goes darker than simply unforgiveness. Perhaps you suffer from anger, hate, or thoughts of revenge.

Life is messy.

Thankfully, God meets us in the middle of our mess.

The Bible has much to say about God’s incredible forgiveness towards each of us and what our posture of forgiveness should be towards those who hurt us.

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I’ve split up the 20 Bible verses about forgiveness between the two categories mentioned above, but a few Bible verses are repeated on purpose. This is because God’s law works in tandem, as you see from verses Matthew 6:14-15 and Ephesians 4:32 and others.

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Bible Verses About Forgiveness Towards Others

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

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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.

Matthew 6:14-15

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:25

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 2:13

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.

Romans 12:19

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Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Colossians 3:13

Bible Verses About God’s Forgiveness Towards Us

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

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You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

Colossians 2:13

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Psalm 32:5

But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

Psalm 130:4

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 26:28

Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. Hebrews 10:17-18

Hebrews 10:17-18

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him

Daniel 9:9

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I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

1 John 2:12

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

James 2:13

But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.

Psalm 130:4

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

Ephesians 1:7

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For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.

Hebrews 9:22

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Psalm 103:12

More on God and His Forgiveness

Listen to this interview with Pastor Pitts on the Power of Forgiveness

40 Days to Biblical Forgiveness – read or listen to the podcast episode

Will God forgive me for my divorce? My affair? My abortion? My past? Read here.

You can’t talk about God’s forgiveness without talking about his grace. Listen or read the podcast interview with Pastor Paul Gray.

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