It's one of the hardest things to obey, but Jesus was clear in his teaching that Christians must forgive others - it's even in the Lord's Prayer. The good news is that God also forgives us. Here are 10 Bible verses to remind you of His mercy, as well as his call on us to forgive others, too.
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."
"He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
"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. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment — to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ."
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."
"But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you."
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."