Dealing with forgiveness is never easy whether we are the aggrieved party who is reluctant to forgive or the offender who eagerly awaits to be forgiven. The longer the issue stays unresolved, the more the heart suffers as it continues to feed on destructive feelings like hurt, self-pity, bitterness, anger, hate, and indifference.
When someone offends us, our egos do not tell us to just let the offense pass but rather pride screams to us that we have to get even at the very least. Meanwhile, when we are guilty of inflicting hurt on others, we either pretend that we did not do anything wrong or torture ourselves for having wronged the people who matter to us. Regardless of how human nature dictates our reaction, we end up enslaved by our emotions.
How can we get out of this trap? The Scripture teaches us to be genuinely forgiving of others and to be humble to ask for forgiveness. Here are 10 best Bible verses that will help us and encourage us in our journey to forgiveness.
- The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; (Daniel 9:9)
- Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
- If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
- If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done. (Matthew 6:14-15)
- Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)
- So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” (Luke 17:3-4)
- Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. (Romans 12:17)
- You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. (Colossians 3:12-13)
- For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. (Hebrews 8:12)
Lord, teach our vengeful hearts to be like you-- forgiving to those who have offended us. Instill in our proud hearts to be humble to seek the forgiveness of those we have hurt.