Examples of Forgiveness in the Bible

examples of forgiveness in the bibleExamples of forgiveness in the Bible are forthcoming, but first I’d like to cover a few important aspects of forgiveness. In simple terms, forgiveness is an act whereby we extend mercy and kindness to a person who has caused us hurt or harm.

  • Forgiveness is a key principle and even better, an action which is central to many faiths. And regardless of religious affiliations…
  • Forgiveness is an act which promotes health and well-being in any human being.
  • Forgiveness impacts life on many levels, including longevity and quality of life.
  • Forgiveness and lack of forgiveness have major implications on healthy aging.

examples of forgiveness in the bibleJesus goes as far as to say that we will not be forgiven if we do not forgive (Matthew 6:15). If we are unforgiving, we run the risk of bringing that anger and resentment into every new relationship. It can cause us to be anxious or depressed, and can steal our present joy as we concentrate on the past.

To stay on subject, I will relate this to issues involving healthy aging. There are life events which cause aging people anguish of body or mind. We are faced with forgiveness opportunities consistently. Children who don’t visit, our mistakes in parenting, betrayals in friendships, friends and family dying, failing health, loneliness, and life going by with dreams not realized are just a few.

Aging happens, and its effects are seen every day as a reflection in the mirror. When we see that aging person looking back at us, it can cause anguish of mind. Right? It needs forgiveness. These events and many more can build up day by day, until the chemistry in the brain begins to change. Forgiveness is a heart issue yes, but it affects the whole person, body, mind and spirit.

Here are Two Examples of Forgiveness in the Bible

The first is the story of the woman caught in adultery.examples of forgiveness in the bible

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:1-11 NLT

As far as examples of forgiveness in the Bible go, there is probably none greater than the account of Jesus on the cross. After being beaten, betrayed and hung on a cross to die, some of His last words were heard, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

examples of forgiveness in the bible

I realize forgiveness can be a heavy thing. Some things that happen to us are very hard to forgive, but in order to thrive, we must. If we do not forgive, we are not on the side of goodness and mercy. It will eat away at us in some way, shape or form. Try to exemplify these two examples of forgiveness in the Bible…Forgive others, yourself, and God, and you will thrive!

Thrive! OK? … Robin


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7 years ago

Forgiveness has never come easy for me. But I try to practise it anyway. Your article offers a great reminder to this part of life and the examples you have given would help readers to understand it better. However I believe that forgiveness must come with understanding or else we may still unknowingly hold a grudge. Thanks for this article.

7 years ago
Reply to  lilywong

Hi Lily! Thanks so much for commenting and stopping by the site. Forgiveness doesn’t come easy for most of us I would say. I find there is ‘residue’ even when you move on from a hurtful place. It is certainly a process and there is always more and more to learn along the way. I agree that understanding is key. I believe you meant trying to understand the other person’s position. I try to put myself there most times and it certainly helps the process. Take care and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

8 years ago

I agree that forgiveness is an essential key to freedom. You can either get bitter or better. I have rallied in both courts, and learned the hard way that forgiveness is not “forgetting”. But it does allow you to have mercy on the person that harmed you in any way. I remember once I actually thought of getting a voodoo doll and sticking large needless in it! I didn’t do it because I don’t believe in it, instead I chose to follow Christ’s example and am free from the haunting nightmares. It’s a life long process. What bothers me most… Read more »

Kenny Lee
Kenny Lee
8 years ago

Holding on to grudges is like drinking poison and hoping others to die. Harbouring vengeful feeling, only allows our heart to be desecrated. To truly be free, let things go. Accept things as they are. Forgiving is much more powerful than holding on to grudes and revenge. The bliss of forgiveness is light and pure.

8 years ago
Reply to  Kenny Lee

I like your words Kenny and thanks for stopping by! It is true that not forgiving someone causes harm to our own selves. I’ve had a few tough instances where it was very difficult to forgive, but I did because I made a decision to not become bitter in my old age.

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