What does the Bible say about Asking Forgiveness?
After Solomon completed the temple of God, he offered a prayer of dedication. He gave praise to God's faithfulness and completeness, and prayed for his people. He confessed his finiteness in front of the infinite God. "But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!" (2 Chronicles 6:18) He prayed humbly before God to forgive his people even if they commit sins. How thankful it is that we have our God who listens to our prayer and pleas!
Here are more encouraging Bible verses on forgiveness.
Then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you.
- 2 Chronicles 6:39 -
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14-
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
- James 5:16 -
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- 1 John 1:9 -
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
- Ephesians 4:32 -
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
- Psalm 51:10 -
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
- Matthew 5:23-24 -
"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
- Matthew 6:14 -
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- Acts 2:38 -