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This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Words of Jesus in Matthew 26:28


Forgiveness is the choice to let go of resentment and find no fault against a person for wrong he has committed. This is God's nature and he calls Christians to forgive like he does. The ultimate evidence of God's forgiving nature is in the cross, where Jesus died so that we could be forgiven. In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus asks us to pray, "Forgive us our sins and we forgive those who sin against us" (Matthew 6:12).

Forgiveness in the Bible

In the New Testament, there are two main verbs to consider concerning forgiveness, charizomai (which means ‘to deal graciously with’) and aphiemi (which means ‘to send away’ or ‘to loose’). The noun aphesis (which means ‘remission’) is also found frequently. There are also two other words apolyo (which means ‘to release’) which is used in Luke 6:37 (‘forgive, and you will be forgiven’) and paresis (which means ‘a passing by’) used in Romans 3:25 of God’s passing over previous sins.

In Matthew 6:12, Jesus talked about forgiveness when teaching them to pray:

Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

Other passages that discuss forgiveness include:

Famous Stories of Forgiveness


Words of Jesus

Matthew 26:28
for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 6:12
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
As he was being executed
"Father forgive them they know not what they do"

Chantel, a Rwandan woman speaking of the time she met the man who killed her family

As I stared into the face of that person, I had to check my heart, and when I found I only had love for him it scared me

Elizabeth O'Connor

Forgiveness is a whole lot harder than any sermon makes it out to be


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