Every time I hear the song, “Amazing Grace” my eyes tear up. Because I know what it’s like to be lost.
To be completely blinded by the darkness of my sin.
To be so ashamed of the things I have done, I would rather go out to draw water at noon . . . than face the condemning stares of those around me. (Read the story of the Samaritan woman in John 4.)
I know what it’s like to hit rock bottom.
And yet, at the bottom I discovered The Rock of Ages.
His undeserved mercy rocked my world. His amazing grace swept me off my feet. And His passionate love completely changed my life.
Despite all these things, though, there are still times when I remember who I used to be. And the guilt and shame over my past can be overwhelming.
And I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like this.
In those moments, when our enemy tries to remind us of our checkered pasts, what we need more than anything is to be reminded of the truth in God’s Word . . . that we have been forgiven.
There are many Scriptures that talk about God’s forgiveness. And by reflecting on these verses, we can remember that it doesn’t matter what we have done.
Because of Jesus, we can forever put the guilt and shame of our past behind us.
Bible Verses About Forgiveness of Sins
These Bible verses on God’s forgiveness of sins show us clearly that when we confess and repent . . . God forgives us. He no longer holds our sins against us. In fact, God says He remembers them no more.
Which is pretty amazing.
1) “For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”-Colossians 1:13-14 NLT
2) “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”-Isaiah 43:25 NIV
3) “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”-Psalm 103:2-3 NLT
4) “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”-Ephesians 2:4-7 ESV
5) “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”-Psalm 103:10-12 ESV
Bible Verses for Forgiveness and Repentance
These verses on asking God for forgiveness show us how to approach God when we have sinned.
We don’t have to try and get it all together first. We don’t have to try and clean up our act.
We simply need to come before Him in prayer. Confess our sins to Him. Repent. (Which simply means to change our mind about it. We no longer condone it but see it for the sin it is.)
And then accept His forgiveness.
6) “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”-Psalm 51:7-10 NLT
7) “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”-Isaiah 1:18 ESV
8) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!-Psalm 51:1-2 ESV
9) “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”-Proverbs 28:13 ESV
10) “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”-Psalm 32:5 ESV
11) “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”-Psalm 51:10 ESV
Bible Verses on God’s Forgiveness and Mercy
These Scriptures on God’s forgiveness and mercy remind us that God doesn’t give us what we deserve.
We deserve to be punished for our sins. And yet, because Jesus took the penalty for us . . . we receive God’s mercy instead.
12) “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”-1 John 1:9 NLT
13) “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.”-Daniel 9:9 NIV
14) “Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].”-Romans 8:1 AMP
15) “Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.”-Psalm 103:3-4 NLT
16) “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”-Hebrews 8:12 ESV
Bible Verses on God’s Forgiveness and Grace
These Bible verses about God’s forgiveness and grace remind us that not only does God NOT give us what we deserve (He shows mercy).
But God also DOES give us what we don’t deserve. (He shows grace.)
Because of Jesus, we have freedom. A new identity as dearly beloved children of God. A perfect home awaiting us in Heaven.
And so much more.
17) “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”-Ephesians 1:7-8a NIV
18) “Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.”-Psalm 65:3 NLT
19) “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”-Psalm 32:1 NIV
20) “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”-Ephesians 1:7 NLT
21) “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”-Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
Bible Verses on God’s Love and Forgiveness
These Scripture verses on God’s forgiveness and love for us are great reminders of how passionately God cares for us.
He forgives us not because He has to. But because He wants to.
That is how He shows His great love for us. By making a way for us to be forgiven so we can come back home to Him.
22) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”-John 3:16-17 NIV
23) “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our[a] sins into the depths of the sea.”-Micah 7:18-19 ESV
24) “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”-Romans 5:8 ESV
25) “For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our sins, sending them away, completely letting them go forever and ever]; And abundant in loving kindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You.”-Psalm 86:5 AMP
26) “For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”-Psalm 103:11-12 NLT
27) “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”-Galatians 2:20 NLT
What God Says on Forgiveness
Whenever you find yourself thinking about your yesterdays and grimacing with shame, come back to these Scriptures. Meditate on these verses about God’s forgiveness and let His truth wash over you.
You have been forgiven. Washed clean. Redeemed.
You are a new creation. And you have a new identity . . . as a dearly beloved child of the Heavenly King.
Now, live like it!
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