What Jesus teaches about Forgiveness


Forgiveness can be one of the most challenging yet freeing actions we can take as followers of Christ. In our daily lives, we encounter situations where we are hurt or wronged, and our natural instinct may be to hold onto that pain. However, Jesus teaches a radical, transformative path: the power of forgiveness. When we embrace this teaching, we open ourselves to a life of peace, healing, and spiritual growth.

Through this devotional, you’ll discover the profound lessons Jesus offers on forgiveness. It’s an invitation to let go of grievances, heal wounded hearts, and build stronger, more loving relationships. Let’s explore what Jesus has to say and find practical ways to apply His teachings.

Bible Verse

"Forgive, and you will be forgiven." – Luke 6:37 (NIV)


In Luke 6:37, Jesus speaks directly to the heart of forgiveness. He equates forgiving others with receiving forgiveness ourselves. This isn’t just a casual suggestion but a divine principle illustrating God’s compassion and grace.

Forgiveness means letting go of the right to retaliate or hold resentment. It’s an act of releasing the burden of anger and offering grace, reflecting the mercy that God continually extends to us. Jesus’ life exemplifies this—He forgave those who crucified Him, teaching us that forgiveness is essential, no matter the circumstances.

Holding onto anger and hurt only chains us to the past. Forgiveness, as Jesus teaches, is about freedom. It’s about breaking those chains and experiencing the fullness of God’s love—a love that transforms and heals.

Actions to Take

  1. Self-Examination: Reflect on any areas of resentment or grudges in your life and consider why you haven’t let go.

  2. Prayer: Pray for the strength and willingness to forgive those who’ve wronged you, asking God to help you see them through His eyes.

  3. Seek Reconciliation: Where possible, reach out to those you need to forgive or ask for forgiveness, starting the healing process.

  4. Meditate on Scripture: Regularly read and meditate on Bible verses related to forgiveness to internalize its importance and cultivate a forgiving heart.

  5. Practice Forgiveness Daily: Make forgiveness a daily practice. It could be forgiving small irritations quickly or letting go of past hurts over time.

Journal Prompts

  1. Who is someone you need to forgive, and what steps can you take to start this process?

  2. How does holding onto anger or resentment affect your daily life and spiritual well-being?

  3. Reflect on a time you were forgiven. How did it make you feel, and how can you offer that same grace to others?

  4. What does Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness reveal to you about God’s character?

  5. How has forgiving someone in the past positively impacted your relationship with them?


Dear Jesus, thank You for the ultimate example of forgiveness You displayed on the cross. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me. Give me the strength to let go of any anger or pain I’m holding onto and replace it with Your peace and love. Guide me in showing grace and mercy, reflecting Your heart in all my relationships. In Your name, Amen.

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Forgiveness is a journey, not a destination. As we grow in our faith, Jesus’ teachings on forgiveness can transform our hearts and lives. By embracing forgiveness, we open ourselves to God’s boundless love and grace.

Continue to explore the transformative power of Jesus’ teachings with us at BGodInspired.com. Allow His wisdom to guide you towards a life of peace, freedom, and spiritual growth. Let’s walk this path together, one forgiving step at a time.

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