Forgiveness — recognizing that offense has been given, but choosing to move past it — is one of the most difficult and benevolent things a person can do. It is also a hallmark of God’s relationship to His fallen children.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” Jesus pleaded as he was being crucified (Luke 23:34). What a Savior! His final thoughts were of you — and of forgiveness.
What a wonderful God we serve, who is willing and able to forgive all our sins, who “pardons iniquity,” and who is willing to cast all our sins “into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18-19).
Jesus redeems and forgives me
In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
I forgive others because Christ forgave me
Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
Forgive first, then pray
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.
My forgiveness makes sense to God
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD: “Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Forgive with no strings attached
But I tell you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.
Forgiving the undeserving brings divine rewards
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
God’s children forgive their enemies
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back; and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.
Forgiveness helps overcome evil
Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
God forgives me as I forgive others
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Believing in Jesus leads to forgiveness of sin
“All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word.