Bible Verses About Forgiving Others Who Hurt You

Are you looking for some Bible verses about forgiving others who hurt you? You’ve come to the right place.

Forgiveness. A word that is at the heart of Christianity, but still so hard for us, even as Christians, to do. When others hurt us, our human reaction is to either fight back or to distance ourselves from them. We’re either trying to take revenge or bottling up our feelings and allowing them to kill us from the inside out. This is not the purpose of our feelings and the way God intended for us to live. 

God wants us to live our lives healed and whole, which is why we can find so much wisdom on the topic of forgiveness in the Bible. It is a powerful tool that brings healing and peace where others have hurt us. 

Forgiving those who hurt us doesn’t justify what the other person did, it only sets us free from what they did. There’s no point in holding on to the pain we feel and we’re able to let it go only when we forgive. Most of us already know this, yet we still find it hard to forgive the people who hurt us. 

So how does one do it? Well, the same way we do everything we have no idea how to do. We go to God, we go to His Word. 

We ask God to help us forgive the person who has wronged us and we consult the Bible for wisdom on how to deal with it.

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What the Bible Says About Forgiving Someone Who Has Wronged You

The Bible has a lot to say about forgiving someone who has wronged you. God had to address this because He knew that we would get hurt. He knew people would wrong us. I mean, they wronged Him too.

People choose to wrong the God who gave them life, the God who provides all they have, the God who protects them. It’s just the nature of this fallen world and it’s an inevitable part of life. But it’s still painful. That pain can quickly turn into bitterness if we do not learn to forgive. 

This is why the Bible says we should forgive others as God has forgiven us. It won’t be easy but it will bring healing and that’s what truly matters.

Bible Verses About Forgiving Others Who Hurt You

There are many, many scriptures in the Bible about forgiving the people who hurt you. These Bible verses are extremely helpful to read when you are hurt and unsure of what to do next.

Scriptures About Forgiveness and Healing

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:14-16

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Scriptures On How To React When Someone Has Wronged You

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.  2 Corinthians 13:11

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Galatians 6:1

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 1 Peter 3-8:9

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4-12:13

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44

Scriptures On Forgiving Others

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; Luke 6:37

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15

Bible Verses About Forgiving Others Who Hurt You

Prayer to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You

Heavenly Father, I come to you today hurt but hopeful. Lord, you see everything that goes on in my life and you know that I’ve been wronged. You also know that as I am praying right now, my mind cannot comprehend forgiving the person who has hurt me. But you know my heart Lord, so you know that I also want to obey Your Word, and Your Word says that I should forgive. Please help me forgive this person God, please help me release the pain they have caused and begin to heal from what has happened. I cannot do this without Your help, so I pray that you will help me forgive them in the same way you have forgiven me, genuinely and wholeheartedly. Help me not harbor any anger, bitterness, or pride, strip my heart of anything that is not of you, and replace it with joy, Lord. Thank you for your grace, and for setting the best example of forgiveness ever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As children of God, we all have the ability to forgive and heal. However, many of us end up living in constant pain because we have no idea how to apply it.

Forgiving those who hurt you is not easy, but it’s also not impossible. Go to God in prayer. Study what the Bible says about forgiveness. Let the Word of God be your guiding light and soon enough you will be free from the pain you’ve been holding onto as well as the burden of unforgiveness.

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