Religion and Forgiveness

Religion and Forgiveness 

Religion and Forgiveness

Forgiveness has been found important for human social functioning within and across cultures. Forgiveness help in improving physical, mental, and spiritual health.


The concept of forgiveness is found in many spiritual traditions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.


Forgiveness is an important part of Christianity. It does not mean that Christians let others get away with things, but more that they make a conscious effort to forgive and let go of feelings that come with bearing a grudge against a person.

Forgiving others as God has forgiven us meant that we are determined to do good to them rather than evil.

Christianity teaches that forgiveness is not a one-time action. If someone asks for forgiveness over and again, then it is the duty of an individual to forgive them.


The Lord’s Prayer, in which Jesus taught about forgiveness, is one of the most important prayers in Christianity. It is the responsibility of humanity to forgive sins, as Jesus gave the disciples the commandment to go out, teach and forgive sins.


If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

John 20:23


4 Fundamental Gospel Truths About Forgiveness.


  1. There Is an Incalculable Cost to Unforgiveness
  2. There Is a Firm Foundation for All Forgiveness
  3. There Is a Princely Price for Forgiveness
  4. There Is a Supreme Power of Forgiveness


Islam teaches human beings to be forgiving and if someone sincerely asks for forgiveness, the wronged person should forgive them.

In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy


All praise is due to Allah, Lord of all creation, and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his Companions.


Seeking forgiveness from Allah with repentance is a virtue. Human beings are not perfect.


In the holy Qur’an, Allah Almighty says:

“Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and He loves those who keep themselves pure.”

From this Qur’anic verse, we can conclude that if someone asked forgiveness with repentance then Allah will love him/her and surely He will forgive him/her but there is one condition and that is he/she should not commit that sin or mistake again.


The beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:


“Whoever suffers an injury and forgives (the person responsible), Allah will raise his status to a higher degree and remove one of his sins.”


If we expect forgiveness from Almighty Allah(God) then we also have the ability to forgive others.


Judaism teaches that because humans have been given free will, they are responsible for their own actions. If they commit an action that is wrong, then they must seek forgiveness.


Forgiveness is important in Judaism and is a duty, or a mitzvah, that Jews should try their best to obey. Teachings on forgiveness can be found in the Torah.


Do not hate your brother in your heart.

Leviticus 19:17

Jews place great emphasis on teshuva or repentance. This is when Jews will actively try to make amends for the wrongs they have committed. They do this by:

  • ​Reflecting on their wrongs
  • Seeking forgiveness for their wrongs
  • Praying
  • Turning to the Torah for guidance


In Hindu Dharma, not only should one forgive others, but one must also seek forgiveness if one has wronged someone else. Forgiveness is to be sought from the individual wronged, as well as society at large, by acts of charity, purification, fasting, rituals and meditative introspection.


Hinduism recognizes two sides to the act of forgiveness. Each side is a multilayered structure. The first side is the seeker of forgiveness; the other side is the one who extends and delivers forgiveness


Traditionally in Buddhism, forgiveness is done through the practice of repeating phrases of forgiveness toward oneself, toward those who have harmed us, and toward those whom we have harmed.

Forgiveness is important in every religion because the inability to come to terms with one’s anger or strife often can lead to stress disorders, mental health disorders, and relationship problems. Forgiveness is a personal decision.”


Forgiveness is an incomparably powerful solvent that cuts through even generations of hatred, years of guilt, and deep-rooted spirits of bitterness.


Finally, there is a supreme power to forgiveness, both in its application to our lives and in its consequences in our relationships.


Forgiveness becomes a decision when the internal operating system of one’s soul is transformed. The power of forgiveness, then, flows from God to you, then, from you to others, and, mercifully, to yourself.


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