Bishop Berrian – What Does the Bible Says About Forgiving?

What Does the Bible Says About Forgiving?

One way to putting off sinful anger is to forgive. Though forgiveness is a wide-ranging subject matter, the bible is the core reference that provides us amazing words of God about forgiveness and why it is necessary to extend forgiveness to our enemies.

“God gave His life so that we may live. We are forgiven because He was forsaken – That is Christ’s amazing love!”

As a matter of fact, forgiveness is not easy for most of us because our natural instinct is to draw back in self-protection when we have been wronged. As human as we are, we are not full of mercy, and we could not easily forgive those who have hurt us. It is impossible to forget the sinful actions that have been committed against us, and we cannot delete events from our memory.

So we provide you some of the encouraging Bible verses about forgiveness that God wants us to do.

Romans 12:17-21

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 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.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Mark 11:25 

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.”

Matthew 5:44 

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Ephesians 4:31-32 

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Matthew 6:14

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,”

Luke 6:37

““Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

Colossians 3:12-14 

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 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.

Romans 1:1-32 

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, …

Proverbs 19:11 

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 16:32 

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 10:12 

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

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.

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  • Ava Barton

    Im trying to do just that because i have a hear to love and help even though i get treayed wrong by other but still have a forgiving and loving and helpful heart.

    • 9:49 pm - November 18, 2016

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