Whether you are giving or receiving forgiveness, it’s a very powerful thing. Luckily, the Bible offers tons of guidance on the topic, along with helpful Bible verses about healing and Bible verses about love, which can go hand in hand with forgiveness. After all, to forgive is to show love, and love is the most important thing we can give to our friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers.
We have all been in situations where we have done wrong and desire forgiveness—from a spouse, family member, friend, or even a co-worker. Sometimes the person we most need forgiveness from is ourselves. And then there are the times when someone is asking us for forgiveness, and we have to look deeply in ourselves to offer it, no strings attached. It’s hard!
Bible Verses For Forgiveness And Repentance
1 John 1:9 ESV / 10,046 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 3:13 ESV / 8,047 helpful votes
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Mark 11:25 ESV / 7,730 helpful votes
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.”
Acts 2:38 ESV / 7,579 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 7,137 helpful votes
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Luke 6:37 ESV / 6,761 helpful votes
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 6,405 helpful votes
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Acts 3:19 ESV / 6,025 helpful votes
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 5,952 helpful votes
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.
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 5,444 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Isaiah 43:25 ESV / 5,286 helpful votes
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Matthew 6:12 ESV / 5,191 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Isaiah 1:18 ESV / 5,170 helpful votes
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Luke 23:34 ESV / 5,127 helpful votes
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 4,872 helpful votes
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Acts 10:43 ESV / 4,781 helpful votes
To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Isaiah 55:7 ESV / 4,645 helpful votes
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Matthew 6:14 ESV / 4,515 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 4,428 helpful votes
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 4,417 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Psalm 32:5 ESV / 4,394 helpful votes
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Hebrews 10:17 ESV / 4,375 helpful votes
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Matthew 26:28 ESV / 4,290 helpful votes
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Daniel 9:9 ESV / 4,153 helpful votes
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him
Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 4,050 helpful votes
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Romans 3:23 ESV / 3,996 helpful votes
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 3,590 helpful votes
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Hebrews 8:12 ESV / 3,578 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Bible Verses on Forgiveness
Psalm 103:12 ESV / 3,557 helpful votes
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 3,504 helpful votes
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Jeremiah 31:34 ESV / 3,376 helpful votes
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Colossians 1:13-14 ESV / 3,359 helpful votes
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Micah 7:18-19 ESV / 3,256 helpful votes
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Romans 6:23 ESV / 3,209 helpful votes
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 86:5 ESV / 3,168 helpful votes
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
1 John 2:1 ESV / 3,002 helpful votes
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
James 5:16 ESV / 2,849 helpful votes
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
1 John 2:2 ESV / 2,834 helpful votes
He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Psalm 130:4 ESV / 2,777 helpful votes
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
John 3:16 ESV / 2,697 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 6:15 ESV / 2,635 helpful votes
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 17:3 ESV / 2,573 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
Acts 22:16 ESV / 2,552 helpful votes
And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Micah 7:18 ESV / 2,505 helpful votes
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 2,401 helpful votes
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Romans 8:1 ESV / 2,333 helpful votes
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:14 ESV / 2,330 helpful votes
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Acts 13:38 ESV / 2,316 helpful votes
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
Luke 24:47 ESV / 2,306 helpful votes
And that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Acts 17:30 ESV / 2,291 helpful votes
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
Acts 13:38-39 ESV / 2,281 helpful votes
Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.
Romans 10:9 ESV / 2,278 helpful votes
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 2,188 helpful votes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Joel 2:13 ESV / 2,094 helpful votes
And rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
Romans 10:13 ESV / 2,067 helpful votes
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
James 5:14-15 ESV / 2,055 helpful votes
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 2,055 helpful votes
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Matthew 6:9-15 ESV / 1,963 helpful votes
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. …
Bible Verses About Forgiveness And Healing
1 John 2:12 ESV / 1,923 helpful votes
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
Isaiah 43:25-26 ESV / 1,911 helpful votes
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Put me in remembrance; let us argue together; set forth your case, that you may be proved right.
Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 1,854 helpful votes
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
1 John 1:8-10 ESV / 1,826 helpful votes
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Jeremiah 3:12 ESV / 1,800 helpful votes
Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, “‘Return, faithless Israel, declares the Lord. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the Lord; I will not be angry forever.
2 Chronicles 30:9 ESV / 1,787 helpful votes
For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your children will find compassion with their captors and return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him.”
Romans 3:23-26 ESV / 1,767 helpful votes
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Ephesians 1:7-8 ESV / 1,658 helpful votes
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
Acts 26:18 ESV / 1,615 helpful votes
To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Matthew 6:12-15 ESV / 1,590 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Revelation 1:1 ESV / 1,573 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Nehemiah 9:31 ESV / 1,556 helpful votes
Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not make an end of them or forsake them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
John 8:7 ESV / 1,519 helpful votes
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 1,511 helpful votes
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Mark 1:4 ESV / 1,504 helpful votes
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 1,486 helpful votes
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 1,472 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV / 1,447 helpful votes
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 1,444 helpful votes
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Psalm 103:10-12 ESV / 1,408 helpful votes
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Psalm 32:1 ESV / 1,405 helpful votes
A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Matthew 5:7 ESV / 1,395 helpful votes
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Romans 12:19 ESV / 1,390 helpful votes
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Romans 4:7-8 ESV / 1,347 helpful votes
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 1,340 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Bible Verses on Forgiveness And Reconciliation
Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 1,315 helpful votes
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. …
Luke 13:3 ESV / 1,294 helpful votes
No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Romans 5:1 ESV / 1,271 helpful votes
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Luke 23:33-34 ESV / 1,258 helpful votes
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 1,253 helpful votes
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, …
Luke 7:47-48 ESV / 1,251 helpful votes
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
Luke 3:3 ESV / 1,239 helpful votes
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
1 John 1:7 ESV / 1,235 helpful votes
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 1,197 helpful votes
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. …
Luke 17:4 ESV / 1,157 helpful votes
And if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Psalm 79:9 ESV / 1,156 helpful votes
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!
Revelation 2:10 ESV / 1,155 helpful votes
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Psalm 25:7 ESV / 1,135 helpful votes
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV / 1,046 helpful votes
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Hebrews 10:26-27 ESV / 999 helpful votes
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
Matthew 5:44 ESV / 965 helpful votes
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 926 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …