30 Important Bible Verses About Holding Grudges

Matthew 6:14-15 – Forgiveness is Essential

“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.”

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let Go of Bitterness

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13 – Bear with Each Other

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

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Matthew 18:21-22 – Unlimited Forgiveness

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”

Luke 6:37 – Do Not Judge or Condemn

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Matthew 5:44 – Love Your Enemies

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Proverbs 17:9 – Covering Offenses

“Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.”

Matthew 18:15 – Addressing Issues Directly

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.”

Proverbs 19:11 – Overlooking Offenses

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

Mark 11:25 – Pray and Forgive

“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.”

James 1:19-20 – Be Slow to Anger

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

1 Corinthians 13:5 – Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

“[Love] does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.”

Proverbs 15:1 – A Soft Answer

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

1 Peter 4:8 – Above All, Love

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

Luke 17:3-4 – Repentance and Forgiveness

“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.”

Romans 12:17-19 – Leave Vengeance to God

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’”

Matthew 5:22 – Anger and Words

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

Matthew 5:7 – Show Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Galatians 6:1 – Restore Gently

“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.”

Matthew 6:12 – The Lord’s Prayer

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Proverbs 10:12 – Love Covers All Offenses

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

1 John 1:9 – Confess and Receive Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Matthew 18:35 – Forgive from the Heart

“So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Proverbs 14:29 – Patience Leads to Understanding

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.”

Psalm 103:10-11 – God’s Mercy and Forgiveness

“He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.”

Matthew 5:23-24 – Reconciliation before Worship

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

1 John 4:20-21 – Love the Brother You See

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Proverbs 12:16 – Ignoring Insults

“The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.”

Luke 6:31 – Treat Others as You Wish to be Treated

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”

Psalm 32:5 – Confess and Be Forgiven

“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

Proverbs 25:21-22 – Overcome Evil with Good

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

Matthew 5:39-40 – Turn the Other Cheek

“But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.”

1 Peter 3:9 – Do Not Repay Evil for Evil

“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.”

Matthew 18:21-35 – The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – Love is Patient and Kind

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.”

1 Samuel 24:7 – David Spares Saul’s Life

“So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.”

Proverbs 17:14 – Avoiding Quarrels

“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”

Matthew 5:9 – Be a Peacemaker

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

James 5:16 – Confess and Pray for One Another

“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.”

Proverbs 16:7 – When Your Ways Please the Lord

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Matthew 18:10 – Do Not Despise Little Ones

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

Proverbs 21:21 – Pursue Righteousness and Love

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.”

Hebrews 10:30-31 – Vengeance Belongs to God

“For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Romans 14:10-12 – We Will All Give an Account

“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

Proverbs 19:11 – A Man’s Wisdom

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

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