God's Word: Forgiveness

Because of your name, O Lord, you will pardon my sin, for it is great. (Psalms 25:11)

For you are sweet and mild, Lord, and plentiful in mercy to all who call upon you. (Psalms 86:5)

He who loves God will plead with him on behalf of sins, and will keep himself away from sin, and will be heeded in the prayers of his days. (Sirach 3:4)

Son, have you sinned? You should not add further sins. Then too, for your former sins, pray so that they may be forgiven you. Flee from sins, as if from the face of a serpent. For if you approach them, they will take hold of you. (Sirach 21:1-2)

Therefore, it is a holy and beneficial thought to pray on behalf of those who have passed away, so that they may be released from sins. (2 Maccabees 12:46)

Yet truly, Peter said to them: “Do penance; and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Therefore, repent and be converted, so that your sins may be wiped away. (Acts 3:19)

“The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”

Whoever hides his crimes will not be guided. But whoever will have confessed and abandoned them shall overtake mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, “Be strengthened in faith, son; your sins are forgiven you.” And behold, some of the scribes said within themselves, “He is blaspheming.” And when Jesus had perceived their thoughts, he said: “Why do you think such evil in your hearts? Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk?’ But, so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he then said to the paralytic, “Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your house.” And he arose and went into his house. (Matthew 9:2-7)

Therefore, he said to them again: “Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them. And he said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them, and those whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23)

And many believers were arriving, confessing, and announcing their deeds. (Acts 19:18)

But all is of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. For certainly God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not charging them with their sins. And he has placed in us the Word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, so that God is exhorting through us. We beseech you for Christ: be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

If we claim that we have no sin, then we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, then he is faithful and just, so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity. (1 John 1:8-9)

“Forgive, and you will be forgiven”

Forgive your neighbor, if he has harmed you, and then your sins will be forgiven you when you pray. A man holds on to anger against another man, and does he then seek a remedy from God? He has no mercy on a man like himself, and does he then entreat for his own sins? He who is but flesh holds on to anger, and does he then request forgiveness from God? Who can obtain pardon for his sins in this way? Remember your very end, and let animosities cease. For corruption and death are suspended over his commandments. (Sirach 28:2-7)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive you your offenses. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)

Then Peter, drawing near to him, said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Even seven times?” Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy times seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)

And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your sins. (Mark 11:25)

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

And be kind and merciful to one another, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32)

Therefore, clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty, and patience. Support one another, and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive one another. For just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also must you do. (Colossians 3:12-13)

“Sin no more”

But to the sinner, God has said: Why do you discourse on my justices, and take up my covenant through your mouth? Truly, you have hated discipline, and you have cast my sermons behind you. If you saw a thief, you ran with him, and you have placed your portion with adulterers. Your mouth has abounded with malice, and your tongue has concocted deceits. Sitting, you spoke against your brother, and you set up a scandal against your mother’s son. These things you have done, and I was silent. You thought, unjustly, that I ought to be like you. But I will reprove you, and I will set myself against your face. Understand these things, you who forget God; lest at any time, he might quickly take you away, and there would be no one to rescue you. (Psalms 50:16-22)

You should not say, “I sinned, and what grief has befallen me?” For the Most High is a patient recompensor. Do not be willing to be without fear concerning a forgiven sin, and you should not add sin upon sin. And you should not say: “The compassion of the Lord is great; he will take pity on the multitude of my sins.” For both mercy and wrath go forth quickly from him, and his wrath sets its gaze upon sinners. You should not delay being converted to the Lord, and you should not set it aside from day to day. For his wrath will approach suddenly, and in the time of vindication, he will destroy you. (Sirach 5:4-9)

Wash, become clean, take away the evil of your intentions from my eyes. Cease to act perversely. Learn to do good. Seek judgment, support the oppressed, judge for the orphan, defend the widow. And then approach and accuse me, says the Lord. Then, if your sins are like scarlet, they shall be made white like snow; and if they are red like vermillion, they shall become white like wool. (Isaiah 1:16-18)

Behold, the hand of the Lord has not been shortened, so that it cannot save, and his ear has not been blocked, so that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a division between you and your God, and your sins have concealed his face from you, so that he would not hear. For your hands have been polluted by blood, and your fingers by iniquity. Your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue utters iniquity. (Isaiah 59:1-3)

But I say to you, that for every idle word which men will have spoken, they shall render an account in the day of judgment. For by your words shall you be justified, and by your words shall you be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37)

Afterwards, Jesus found him in the temple, and he said to him: “Behold, you have been healed. Do not choose to sin further, otherwise something worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14)

Then Jesus, raising himself up, said to her: “Woman, where are those who accused you? Has no one condemned you?” And she said, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus said: “Neither will I condemn you. Go, and now do not choose to sin anymore.” (John 8:10-11)

And if the just man will scarcely be saved, where will the impious and the sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:18)

And you know that he appeared in order that he might take away our sins. For in him there is no sin. Everyone who abides in him does not sin. For whoever sins has not seen him, and has not known him. Little sons, let no one deceive you. Whoever does justice is just, even as he also is just. Whoever commits sin is of the devil. For the devil sins from the beginning. For this reason, the Son of God appeared, so that he might eradicate the works of the devil. All those who have been born of God do not commit sin. For the offspring of God abides in them, and he is not able to sin, because he was born of God. (1 John 3:5-9)


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