Is it possible to forgive someone who caused us an unthinkable crime? The Bible states that we need to forgive those who trespass against us, but how do we do it if the pain is unbearable? For instance, what if someone murdered our father or raped our sister? Would we still be able to face our transgressor and tell him, “I forgive you?” When Jesus came down to earth, He taught us how to live righteously, that though it is hard, we have the Bible to remind and guide us on how to face challenges.
5 Bible Verses About Forgiveness:
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
The Bible tells us to forgive the people who wronged us because it is the only way God will forgive us for all our sins. We are all sinners, and we all have hurt someone. To deserve His forgiveness, we need to let go of our pain and ego. The Bible teaches us that God is a merciful One, that He can grant us pardon just as long as we do so to our transgressors.
“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
This verse in the Bible clearly says that we receive what we give. If we give judgment, that is also what we will get and so as when we condemn other people; we allow ourselves to be condemned as well. We need to be humble and start treating others the way we treat ourselves. Sometimes, it is hard to love people because of how unpleasant they can be, but God says we are all brothers and sisters. We should learn to treat them like how we want to be treated.
Matthew 18: 21-22
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Jesus wants us to learn that forgiveness should be limitless. Our brothers and sisters can do us wrong repeatedly, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop forgiving them. This verse forsakes the famous line “Shame on you if you fool me once, shame on me if you fool me twice.” It teaches us that shame is in the act of not forgiving because who are we not to give it. Aren’t we sinners, too?
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.”
The Bible states that if we want forgiveness, we need to acknowledge and confess our sins before him. It takes humility, and as hard as it is to admit, it could be the most challenging to do – to recognize that we are wrong. How can a sin be forgiven if we don’t acknowledge it to be a sin? How can we be sorry for stealing an apple from our neighbor if we claim it is ours?
Ephesians 4: 32
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
In Deuteronomy 6:5, the Bible says, “This is the first and greatest commandment and the second is like it; Love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Often, it is hard to show kindness to people, especially to those who are unkind. However, the Bible strictly says to love our neighbors as ourselves. It doesn’t state any condition or exclusion. We need to follow this great commandment in forgiving as well.
Would you forgive someone who murdered your father or raped your sister? You wouldn’t but you should. Forgiveness is not for you to keep away from those who seek it. You may cry justice, but it is not in this world, not yet. When the time comes, He will be the one who will give us what we all deserve, but right now, as His people, we should respect His will, and it is to forgive.