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Forgiveness

 


​​​​​​​Featured Verse:

Ephesians 4:32


Be kind and compassionate to one another,

 forgiving each other, just as God forgave you.

 

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Example Verses:

Ephesian 4:32
Matthew 6:14-15
Isaiah 43:25
Romans 12:17-21
Matthew 5:23-24



Proverbs 17:9

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

This proverb is saying that we should be willing to forgive others’ sins against us. Covering over offenses is necessary to any relationship. It is tempting, especially in an argument, to bring up all the mistakes the other person has ever made. Love, however, keeps its mouth shut—difficult though that may be. Try never to bring anything into an argument that is unrelated to the topic being discussed. As we grow to be like Christ, we will acquire God’s ability to forget the confessed sins of the past.​​​​​​​

Tyndale House Publishers. Life Application Study Bible, NIV 


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.”

Forgiving others is tough work—so much so that many people would rather do something totally distasteful than offer forgiveness to someone who has wronged them. For a person to pray while bearing a grudge, however, is like a tree sprouting leaves and bearing no fruit (11:13). True faith changes the heart. Real prayer dismantles pride and vengeance, filling the holes with love. Real faith seeks peace. For our churches to have prayer power, there must be harmony and forgiveness evident in the body of believers. Let go of hurts, abandon grudges, and forgive others.

Tyndale House Publishers. Life Application Study Bible, NIV


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