Bible Articles on the Topic of Forgiveness

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Gift of Holy Spirit

Can we determine exactly what was the “gift of the Holy Spirit” outside of the context of these verses (Acts 2:38,39)? Or should we read the whole context for the best picture? Undoubtedly the latter.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” Jesus gives Peter an answer to this question immediately, but to more fully illustrate the concept of forgiveness, Jesus once again turned to a parable concerning the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:21-35).

The Unprofitable Servant

God’s calling does not insulate us From the many offences we face, But we, as Christ’s own, must remember Forgiveness must have the first place.

The Unrighteous Servant

How many times shall a brother Forgive another in sin? What is the scope of the offence Ere human law is brought in?

Be Reconciled: Jesus’ Radical Teaching

One of Jesus’ seemingly radical teachings (recorded in Matthew chapters 5 through 7) stresses that the law regulated outward behavior, but what Jesus promoted as more important is the condition of the heart.

The Unforgiving Debtor

After his very blunt counsel regarding the resolving of differences between brethren, the Lord used the opportunity to emphasize that there is an even better way through such difficulties: Let a man foster in his mind such a spirit of toleration and forgiveness that no offence is felt!


This is a word which does not occur frequently in the Scriptures,—in fact it is not found at all in the Old Testament, and only three times in the New. The first passage in which it occurs is Romans 3:25, where we read with respect to Jesus Christ—“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.” The next instance is 1 John 2:2, “And he is the propitiation for our sins”; and the only other passage is 1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Justification: Vindication and Absolution

This word [justification] has two senses which should be clearly distinguished:

Forgive 70 Times 7

Jesus explains to his disciples how they are to treat those who offend and sin against them. Based upon the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18, verses 21-35.

Open Bible Stories: The Story of the Unmerciful Servant

One day, Peter asked Jesus, “Master, how many times should Iforgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”Jesus said, “Not seven times, but seventy times seven!” By this, Jesusmeant that we should always forgive. Then Jesus told this story.”


for-giv ́nes (כּפר, kāphar, נשׂא, nāsā', סלח, ṣālaḥ; ἀπολύειν, apolúein χαρίζεσθαι, charízesthai, ἄφεσις, áphesis πάρεσις, páresis):

Remission of Sins

rḗ-mish ́un (ἄφεσις, áphesis, πάρεσις, páresis): The two Greek words, of which the latter occurs only in Romans 3:25, were translated by the same English word in the King James Version. In the Revised Version, paresis is translation “passing over.” It is contrasted with the other term as pretermission with remission. Remission is exemption from the consequences of an offense, forgiveness; pretermission is the suspension of the penalty (Philippi, Ellicott, Trench (Synonyms, XXXIII), Weiss; compare Acts 17:30). Cremer (Lexicon of N T Gr) regards the meaning of the two words as identical, except that the one refers to the Old Testament and the other to the New Testament. Sins are remitted when the offender is treated as though the offense had never been committed. Remission is restricted to the penalty, while forgiveness refers more particularly to the person, although it may be used also of the sin itself. Remission also is used of offenses against God’s law; forgiveness, against either divine or human law. See ABSOLUTION; FORGIVENESS.


Forgiveness is one of the attributes ascribed to YHWH: “to the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness” (Daniel 9:9; comp. Exodus 34:6-7; Numbers 14:18 et seq.; Psalms 86:5; Jonah 4:2). The condition essential to God’s forgiveness of iniquity is, as the contexts of the passages indicated show, repentance on the part of the sinner for the offense committed. A further essential condition is the intention to avoid repetition of the offense. The fulfilment of these conditions restores the sinner to his right relation toward YHWH. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7; comp. Amos 5:14; Jeremiah 3:14 et seq.; Ezekiel 18:21 et seq., 33:11-21; Hosea 14:1-4); “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee” (Psalms 86:5; comp. 78:38).


Forgiveness “the pardon of any offense committed against us. We are not apt to entertain any permanent or incurable ill will against the author of injuries to others, and why should we be irreconcilable when injuries have been done to ourselves? To love our enemies, or rather not to hate our enemies, is a duty which no guilt can annul, no injury efface. We are not required to love our enemies as our friends; but, when any injury has been done us, we are to endeavor to regard it with so much resentment as any just and impartial person would feel on hearing it related, and no more. To revenge injuries is to retaliate evil for the sake of retaliation. We are, all weak, frail, and sinful creatures. None of us passes through one day without feeling that he requires forgiveness from his God, and too often also from his fellow- creatures. Mercy is all our hope, forgiveness our constant prayer. In such a state, should we not pity and assist each other? Does not mutual weakness call for mutual forbearances? Weak, frail, and sinful as we are, we all hope, through the merits of Christ, to attain the happiness of heaven; and can creatures who, after a few short years, expect to, be forever united in the presence of God, to be liberated from all unruly passions, and to live together forever in heavens, in peace, and joy, and everlasting love can such creatures hate each other on earth? can they add to the sorrows of this state of trial, and spread more thorns in the path of life by acts of malice and revenge? can they risk their own eternal happiness by denying to each other that forgiveness without which they must not dare to hope that they shall be themselves forgiven? We know, from the express declaration of our Savior, that if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will our heavenly Father forgive us. Christ estimated virtues by their solid utility, and not by their fashion or popularity, and hence he prefers the duty of forgiveness to every other. He enjoins it more frequently, with more earnestness, and under a greater variety of forms and he adds this weighty and peculiar circumstance, that the forgiveness of others is the sole condition on which we are to expect or even ask from God forgiveness for ourselves. This preference is justified by the superior importance of the virtue itself. The feuds and animosities which exist in families and among neighbors, which disturb the intercourse of human life, and collectively compose half its misery, have their foundation in the want of a forgiving temper, and can never cease except by the exercise of this virtue. Let us endeavor to forgive, that we may not be afraid to ask forgiveness. Let us take care so to pray for forgiveness, that our prayers may not justify and increase our condemnation. Let us remember the amazing condescension of the Son of God, in ‘taking upon him the form of a servant,’ and thence learn humility. Let us represent to our minds the terms of our salvation, in order to excite us to repentance. Let us adore the infinite love of our Redeem, who laid down his life for his enemies,’ and let this be the pattern of our charity” (Fellowes, Body of Theology, 2:210-213; Paley, Moral and Polit. Philosophy, 1:269; Warner, System of Divinity and Morality, 2:356). — Robinson, Theological Dictionary, s.v.; American Presbyterian Review, October 1867, art. 2.

Parable of the Unforgiving Servant


The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant




Seventy Times Seven Baseballs


Walk in The Light


Wall of Unforgiveness


Wicked Servant


Wrong Turn