Forgiveness Quotes from the Bible

It is believed that God made man in his own image, and in forgiving others we follow in the footsteps of God who is all clement and forgiving. It's, therefore, that we chant, "And forgive us our trespasses/sins, as we forgive them that trespass/sin against us" as indited by Matthew and Luke in their Gospels. Let's see some forgiveness quotes from the Bible that aim to teach mankind the virtue of compassion and grace to elevate them to divine acmes.
"To err is human, to forgive divine." ~ Alexander Pope in "An Essay on Criticism".

You may have heard this phrase being uttered numerous times whenever someone is urging you to forgive. Since the beginning of time, mankind has been told that the Lord is our father who is truly merciful and given to purge his creations of the sinful scars in their souls. Man can mirror this quality of God, become more forgiving and quit nurturing grudges against fellow living beings, therefore resembling his creator more closely. Forgiveness sets not only the forgiveness seeker free but also saves the forgiver further heartburn and grief, for you no more keep holding on to the instance that caused you so much heartache and pain.

You move on in life and allow time to heal all your sores. The moment you forgive, you stop dwelling in the past and usher in new and warmer experiences. Besides, the feeling that you are facilitating another person to live guilt freely, after he has repented for all his mistakes, by a single act of showing mercy is a great feeling. You can start your life afresh with forgiveness. Luke and Matthew urged us to learn the lesson of showing clemency through the Pater Noster or the 'Lord's Prayer' and so does numerous other Biblical passages and quotations dealing with forgiveness. Let us therefore go through some forgiveness Bible verses to understand intricacies of God's ways and rise to be more humane, what He intended us to become at the time of mankind's conception.

Quotes from the Bible about Forgiveness

The Holy Bible has always spoken of attaining deliverance through spiritual growth. One can ponder on the following forgiveness quotes from the Bible to soothe an aching soul that seeks enbalming salvation.

"Then came Peter to him, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?"
Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."
" ~ Matthew 18:21, 22.
When Peter approached Jesus, who was at that point teaching residents of Capernaum, and asked him how many times a sinner should be shown mercy, Jesus simply urged one of his chief disciples to show grace as many times as possible. Because in our ability to refrain from succumbing to anger and subsequent desires to avenge, lies our strength. That is what makes us patient and helps us to lose the garb of cowardice.

Why must you forgive? According to Matthew 6:14-15 the answer is simple...
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

And so does 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."

And the reward to the one who forgives shall be the ultimate deliverance of the human soul...
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." ~ Luke 6:35-38.

One has to realize that every human soul carries the burden of sinning, no matter how big or small, sins that were knowingly or unknowingly committed...
"All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" ~ Romans 3:23.

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." ~ 1 John 1:8.

And so all of us need to be forgiven and for that we need to show mercy ourselves. For God rebukes and punishes the unmerciful...
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. "Be patient with me," he begged, "and I will pay back everything." The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow-servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. "Pay back what you owe me!" he demanded. His fellow-servant fell to his knees and begged him, "Be patient with me, and I will pay you back." But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. "You wicked servant," he said, "I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow-servant just as I had on you?" In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." ~ Matthew 18:28-35.

The Lord believes that repentance for past sins is the only way which can result in the redemption of the individual.
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out." ~ Acts 3:19.

For as Daniel 9:9 says...
"The LORD our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him..."

So, one should imitate the ways of the Lord as that is the ultimate example to follow... to shed the petty behind and embrace the new and absolved...
"So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, "I repent", forgive him." ~ Luke 17:3-4.

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. " ~ Colossians 3:13.

Understand that when a soul chooses to confess the crimes of his past he has already began his journey down the path of repentance... His journey begun from the very moment when realization dawned on him...
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." ~ James 5:16.

For...
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." ~ 1 John 1:9.

"With the mouth confession is made unto salvation..." ~ Romans 10:10.

Forgiveness is something that should come naturally to all humans for as a lot of Bible verses exemplify, the Lord has forgiven us humans for treading on the abysmal depths of evil innumerable times...
"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." ~ Ephesians 4:32.

And so...
"You are God's chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same." ~ Colossians 3:12-13.

I leave you all at this juncture to ponder on the importance of nurturing a heart that is kind and willing to forgive. For in forgiveness lies the secret of attaining absolution and consequent salvation. These Biblical forgiveness quotes bear testimony to that and indeed one who knows how to forgive has discovered that following truth - forgiveness: precondition of love. After all, we must all do what our Father does...

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. ~ 1 Samuel 16:7.
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