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Forgiveness: What did Jesus say about Forgiveness

What did Jesus say about Forgiveness

Jesus spoke extensively about forgiveness, emphasizing its central role in the Christian faith. Here are several verses from the Bible where Jesus discusses or demonstrates forgiveness:

  1. Forgiveness Proclaimed Through Jesus (Acts 13:38-39): “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses” .
  2. Jesus Forgives Sins (Luke 5:20-25): When Jesus saw their faith, He said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and Pharisees questioned who can forgive sins but God alone. Jesus demonstrated His authority to forgive sins by healing the paralytic, telling him to rise, pick up his bed, and go home .
  3. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18:32-35): This parable teaches about the importance of forgiving others as God has forgiven us. A servant who was forgiven a great debt by his master failed to show the same mercy to a fellow servant. The master, in anger, handed him over to the jailers until he should pay all his debt, illustrating the expectation of mutual forgiveness among God’s people .

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Forgiveness is Central to the Gospel: The forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ is a core tenet of the Christian faith. It underscores God’s mercy and grace, offering freedom from the law’s condemnation.
  2. Jesus’ Authority to Forgive Sins: Jesus demonstrated His divine authority to forgive sins, an act that signifies His divinity and the transformative power of His ministry. His actions reveal that forgiveness is both a spiritual and physical liberation.
  3. The Expectation of Reciprocal Forgiveness: The parable of the unforgiving servant highlights the expectation that those forgiven by God should likewise forgive others. It teaches about the boundless nature of God’s forgiveness and the moral imperative for Christians to extend forgiveness in their interpersonal relationships.


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