Forgiveness and reconciliation


As we go through life we will make mistakes and commit "sins". A sin is something that takes us away from God. If we commit a sin, we have a responsibility to try to make amends. If we expect others to forgive us then we must also be willing to forgive others.

The Bible and forgiveness

Jesus taught that forgiveness is central to the relationship between God and humans, and between humans. Because we are forgiven, we should forgive others.

"Forgive us this day our sins, as we forgive the sins of others"

Lord's prayer - Matthew 6:12

Jesus stopped the stoning of a women caught in adultery and said to those who were stoning her:

"Let you who is without sin cast the first stone"

John 8:7

"Do not judge for you will be judged ... why do you see the speck in your brother's eye but miss the log in your own ?"

Jesus in Matthew 7:1,3

We have all sinned, and if we want to be forgiven by God, we must forgive others

If you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:15

Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Matthew 18:21-22

"If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”

Luke 17:3

Other teaching about forgiveness includes:

This quote from John’s letter sums up Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness.