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Peter in the Bible: John 21:15-19
Bible had infamously denied Jesus in the darkest hours of Jesus' life, but here is the moving account of Christ's reinstatement of Peter. If Peter found forgiveness, and even a place of honor as a disciple, after denying Christ, then Christ's forgiveness truly is open to all!

Forgive sins in the Bible - a Christian perspective
The psalmist pleads with God in this verse to forgive our sins. He appeals to God saying that it would be for His glory and for his name's sake if he delivered us from our sins.

Burning in the Bible - a Christian perspective
What's the best way to "heap burning coals" on somebody who has hurt you? By treating them with love, grace, and forgiveness, rather than by repaying them in kind. This is just one of many teachings of Jesus that challenge us to completely rethink how we relate to those who are our "enemies."

Seventy - a Christian perspective
Is there a limit to God's forgiveness, or to the number of times we are expected to forgive people who hurt or offend us? Not according to Jesus, who says we must be willing to forgive "seventy seven" times--a rhetorical device that essentially means "an infinite number."

Debt in the Bible: Matthew 18:21-35
This parable tells the story of a man whose debt was forgiven by his creditor... who refused to pass that same mercy along to somebody who owned him money. Refusal to forgive others when God has forgiven us amounts to a rejection of God's grace.

Thoughts in the Bible: Isaiah 55:7-9
It isn't just in his physical power that God is far above us. The very ways that God thinks and reasons are superior to anything our minds can grasp. In this passage, we get a glimpse of why this is such a good thing for us: because God is willing to forgive and restore the wicked to an extent that seems crazy from a limited human perspective.

Forgiveness in the Bible: Matthew 18:21-22
How many times should you forgive someone who sins against you? Just once? Twice? In this passage in Matthew, Jesus tells us that we are to forgive seven times seventy times. His point is not to give us an upper limit, but to teach us that we are to always forgive those who sin against us.

Healing in the Bible: Psalm 103:1-22
David's famous psalm of praise, highlighting among other things God's eagerness to heal and restore His people. We learned that God can forgive all our sins and heal all our diseases--something we can find great reassurance in, whether we're struggling with a spiritual problem or a physical one.

Repentance in the Bible: Acts 3:19
One of the greatest promises in the Bible is God's assurance that when we repent of our sins, He casts them away and replaces them with His peace and forgiveness. Repentance isn't just about wiping our slate clean--it's about finding renewed purposes and receiving a "refreshing" from God.

CQOD—Auden: forgiveness
W. H. Auden on the meaning and occasion for forgiveness,