What Jesus teaches about Forgiveness


Forgiveness is one of the most profound and life-changing teachings of Jesus. In a world filled with misunderstandings, anger, and hurt, Jesus calls us to a higher standard—a life marked by endless grace and mercy. Forgiving others can sometimes feel like an enormous task, but it is an act of divine love that sets us free.

Imagine the peace and joy that can fill our hearts when we let go of grudges and allow love to take their place. Through forgiveness, we make room for healing and open the door to reconciliation. If your heart has been aching from harboring unforgiveness, this devotional is for you. Let’s dive into what Jesus teaches about forgiveness and discover how we can experience its life-changing power.

Bible Verse

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV): "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."


In this powerful passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus emphasizes the importance of forgiving others. He makes a direct connection between our willingness to forgive and the forgiveness we receive from God. Forgiveness is not merely a nice gesture; it is a crucial aspect of our relationship with God.

By forgiving others, we reflect God’s immeasurable grace and mercy. Jesus’ teaching encourages us to let go of the bitterness and resentment that can poison our hearts. It’s a call to break the cycle of hurt by choosing to respond with love and mercy.

Forgiving doesn’t mean we are condoning what was done to us. Instead, it means we release the burden of carrying that hurt, allowing God to bring justice and healing in His perfect way. Jesus forgave those who crucified Him, and by following His example, we too can experience the freedom that comes from forgiving others.

Actions to Take

  • Pray for strength: Ask God to give you the strength and willingness to forgive those who have hurt you.

  • Reflect on Jesus’ example: Meditate on Jesus’ ultimate act of forgiveness on the cross and let it inspire you to act similarly.

  • Make a list of those you need to forgive: Write down the names of people you need to forgive and pray for each one individually.

  • Seek reconciliation: Where possible, reach out to those you need to forgive and seek reconciliation, understanding that some relationships may take time to heal.

  • Release the burden: Make a conscious decision to let go of grudges, trusting that God will handle the rest.

Journal Prompts

  • How has holding onto unforgiveness affected my life and relationships?

  • In what ways can I reflect Jesus’ example of forgiveness in my daily interactions?

  • Who is someone I need to forgive and how can I start that process today?

  • What feelings arise when I think about forgiving those who have hurt me?

  • How can forgiving others deepen my relationship with God?


Dear Lord,

Thank You for the incredible gift of Your forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Help me to extend the same grace and mercy to others that You have given me. Strengthen my heart to forgive those who have wronged me and release any bitterness I may hold. Guide me in seeking reconciliation and healing in my relationships. Let Your love and forgiveness flow through me, bringing peace and freedom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Forgiveness is an essential component of our walk with Christ. By choosing to forgive, we not only align ourselves with Jesus’ teachings but also release the heavy burdens that weigh us down. Remember, the journey to forgiveness may not always be easy, but with God’s strength and guidance, it is entirely possible.

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