15 Bible verses about forgiveness that’ll inspire you to be more compassionate

Forgiving others (or yourself!) is sometimes easier said than done. Many of us carry the weight of unforgiveness and experience heartache from our relationships rather than joy and freedom. We may truly want to forgive and heal, but not know how to actually do it or where to start. And sometimes, we may need a little inspiration to get going.

We’ve gathered 15 Bible verses about forgiveness that inspire us to use the Forgiveness practice.


1 Peter 4:8

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8)


Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly father will also forgive you.
(Matthew 6:14)


Proverbs 17:9

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
(Proverbs 17:9)


Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
(Mark 11:25)


1 Peter 3:9

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.
(1 Peter 3:9)


Luke 6:27

But I say to you who hear: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
(Luke 6:27)


Pslam 65:3

Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.
(Psalm 65:3)


Luke 6:37

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)


Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
(Ephesians 4:32)


Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
(Colossians 3:13)


Psalm 86:5

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
(Psalm 86:5)


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.
(1 John 1:9)


Hebrews 8:12

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
(Hebrews 8:12)


Daniel 9:9

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
(Daniel 9:9)


Ephesians 1:7-8

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence
(Ephesians 1:7-8)

Do you struggle with anger or resentment? The DrawNear app takes practices from the Bible, each one connecting us with God so that our burdens can become God’s burdens. Each practice includes a set of simple, straightforward steps, as well as entertaining and inspiring stories to illustrate someone using the practice. In addition, the app offers numerous sessions guided by mentors, each deeply grounded and experienced in using the practices.