How Much Sin Will God Forgive?

Written by John Benza

First of all, we all sin. Sin is very real in our lives. We do many things that aren’t pleasing to God.

Acknowledging that you sin is a huge step. A lot of people sin and don’t think there’s anything wrong with it while some people finally come to see how destructive sin can be. But God does not want us to live with guilt. He wants us to know and fully experience His forgiveness.

God does not simply overlook our sin and say, “You’re forgiven.” God sees our sin but is ready to forgive us because Jesus fully took OUR sin on himself and paid for our sin by his death on the cross. Our sin is serious and it cost Jesus incredible suffering. But from the moment we believe in Christ and make him a part of our lives, his forgiveness is ours. We can’t ever make up for our own sin or suffer enough for it—nor does God want us to. In the Bible, it says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

But what happens when we struggle in an area and keep on sinning? Does God get so weary forgiving us that we, at some point, reach our limit?

Jesus was asked by the disciples how many times they needed to forgive someone. Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

It’s unlikely that we all can keep track of whether we forgive a particular individual 490 times, so you see Jesus’ point. We always forgive, because God always forgives us. God does not have a limit. He died for every one of your sins—those you’ve committed and those you will commit—past, present, and future. You need to begin looking at your sin the way God looks at it. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

If you’ve asked God to forgive you and to come into your life—you are forgiven! Thank him for his forgiveness and begin to rejoice in your secure relationship with him. He is able to change areas of your life for the best. Remember, God is able to forgive all sin.

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623 Responses to “How Much Sin Will God Forgive?”

  • Chris says:

    Liv….Jesus has already died and paid for any and every sin you would ever commit in your life! you can know him and his forgivenes today, forever, by logging onto knowingjesusperesonally.com or by clickng talk to a mentor above. 1 Juan 1.9 in the new testament shows us clearly that sin confessed is sin forgiven of. praying you find the assurance of jesus forgiveness in your life today!

  • Jon Koegle says:

    Liv… Your mother forgiven you… You also confessed to God. You should hear confirmation that you are forgiven… if you are still scared and not at peace, then it’s best to get w/ God on why you are scared. Regardless of your understanding, God can show you the real memory of why you are scared. this could be related to other past memories that trigger your “feeling” – for nothing should take away God’s peace that he gives. Keep it simple and basic – ask the Lord… w/ a quite mind that is focused on Him… “I’m scared God, will you please show me where this is coming from?” (He will show you) Let the Lord know how you feel in the memory shown, yet wait for His truth to replace any lie. Repeat the truth said and build your relationship with Him.

  • Liv says:

    I told a white lie to my mother the other night but confessed that I was lying that same night. I also confessed to god and asked for forgiveness in my nightly prayers. I am really worried that God won’t forgive me because I almost never lie. I need God in my life, I love God. I’m also scared because I’m in really need of God and his help right now in my life, I’m scared that because I lied, he will not help me and I will be completely left in the dark. Please help me, this whole situation is really bothering me.

  • Jon Koegle says:

    There is victory! We are more than conquerors! In regards to porn and such over the comments posted… Know there is POWER and AUTHORITY that God provides! I recently discovered a breakthrough in my life and in my walk. My personal relationship w/ God has become stronger! I confessed w/ an open heart – coming to the Holy Spirit, willing stating – I have sensed his prompting for me to stop, to turn to Him, that I don’t need to do this, there is freedom… “type of calling from the Holy Spirit” Pretty much like a conviction before I fall into the temptation of this sin… I confessed I heard Him and still chose to go my way. I’ve asked for forgiveness, and know He has forgiven me, because I hear his voice. I took this a step further and asked, “Holy Spirit” – if you are willing, please remind me of the authority and power that God has placed in my life and teach me how to use this! – Plain and simple… God wants us to be real / transparent with Him. next time this happened, BAM – instantly, Jon – you have authority and power. That’s RIGHT! My mind, my heart moved and instantly started quoting scripture and informing the enemy to leave. HE MUST FLEE! It’s a process of renewing our minds!!! Some have done the same things over and over it just feels like truth, when in all reality it’s a bad harmful habit, that seems unbreakable, but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!! I encourage you to never give up and be real, develop your relationship w/ God and don’t go back on the conversations you have with Him. I can tell you this – NIGHT AND DAY Difference! I am set free!

  • Chris says:

    th…so sorry to hear of your situation….without knowing what sin you are referring to, its important to understand that through jesus christ we have a relationship with our heavenly father which no sin can break as long as we confess our sins and look for ways to overcome them. 1 john 1.9. sin can never destroy our relationshp with jesus as long as we have repented of our sins and have received him as our personal lord and savior. you can find out more about doing just that by logging onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or clicking talk to a mentor above. once you establish your saving relationship with jesus, he has promised to never leave nor forsake you. hebrews 13.5. once you are sure jesus is your personal lord and savior then get with godly people who can pray with you and be a part of a strong christian church. if you need help finding one i can check for you. praying jesus now gives you the assurance through the bible that no sin will ever seperate you from him as long as you yield the lordship of your life to his sovereignty. in his name i pray amen

  • Chris says:

    jack….i regret to hear of your struggles….since our hearts, the seat of our desires control our lives, we need to give them to God so that he can fill them with his purity and holiness through his divine presence living inside of us. then by taking other steps such as, blocking porno with k9webprotection, keeping the computer in public view, having godly men praying over us, being in a strong christian church, doing some fasting as we can to neutralize the flesh´s power, we can begin to live in victory. also, having a godly wife is quite a safeguard against immorality since we are accountable and committed to one specific person whom God gives us in life. for more information on having your own powerful and personal relationship with Jesus christ who died for our sins so we could be forgiven and freed from them, log onto knowingjesuspersonally.com or click talk to a mentor above. praying now that jesus sets you free as you you give yourself totally to him and his will, in his name i pray amen

  • Jack says:

    I need help I keep (this is embracing) looking at nudes or porn and I masturbate. I ask for forgiveness but since it’s a deadly sin will I be banned to hell?

  • th says:

    i keep doing the same sin and I desperately want a relationship with god. i know he is angry with me and i do believe in him i believe in his forgiveness and thats what i need most right now. someone please help :'(

  • Aldo says:

    Htn, thank you for your comments and words of encouragement. Yes, God does see each of us, no matter what we or other people may think, as beautiful and worthwhile. He proved it by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross of Calvary so that our sins, past, present, and future, could be forgiven. HALLELUJAH!!!

  • htn says:

    I never was pretty in the eyes of men and had only pretty friends who are choosen that even when you hang out your left alone.i never had the best clothes like the top girls and suffered this for years,i don’t have a model like figure even when i desired to be a model and also had boyfriend issues where by a mere crush on a guy seemed like you have “killed God”, been played games by my friends who bet with a guy to sleep with me under the arm of being a boyfriend and have the whole world scorn and look at me as a slut and nothing.agony but from each of these God has taught me who lam and who He is! Regardless of all the boyfriend issues, got looked at by a boy whom i never thought would because am not worth,got people looking at me as well dressed model and becoming a celebrity for a day in my bad looking clothes,God promising me a boyfriend whom He has choosen by Himself..though he hasn’t surfaced i feel secure.see yourself in God through his word and you will find a reason to live and in peace.

  • Sharon says:

    to broken I feel for you I wasn’t the prettiest girl I school no guys looks at me only to tease me God loves you and already forgiven you when CHRIST died for you HE knows your heart all of us wants to be loved by someone I school and years later I would secretly love men who just paid attention to me all of the men were married I loved so I couldn’t love them openly. God healed me years later and am happily married to a wonderful man. prayer-father God I pray for broken right now for this person to be emotionally healed I pray that you be with this person at this time I pray give this person dreams and vision of you loving this person saying that this person is beautiful and you love this person with everlasting love you made this person a princess you look at this person as gorgeous. if you can ask forgiveness and repent form your ways and ask God to help you God I pray fill this void with you loving this person I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you if you can ask God to fill this void everyone wants to have someone to love you are not alone I am praying for you .God be with you at this time. sharon

  • broken says:

    i was never pretty. my sister is just this super model. she recieved attention from guys i could only dream of dating. i was rejected by every man i’d ask out, based primarily on my unflattering appearance. ive never been asked on a date. never been asked to dance.never even kissed a guy. after being rejected over and over, i met the most wonderful man . or so i thought. this man is currently my husband. a year after getting married, i found a bottle of estrogen hormones he was taking and confronted him. after denying it repeatedly he finally confessed he was transgender. i am not a lesbian, and i felt so hurt and betrayed words are too mechanical to describe the overwhelming and profound sense of despair. i am still married to him but i deeply resent him. we had agreed recently on an open relationship. i was with 8 different men and i am ashamed of my behavior. i am so desperate for affection from a man, that i have compromised my morals to settle for any man who so much as looks my way. ive gotten myself so entangled in this situation that now a promising carreer may be on the line if i fail to follow through with one of these men. i agknowledge responsibility for my fornication issue. it was my choice to be with those men. the only pair of eyes i want to gaze into while making love is the man i married, as a man. but he identifies as female. i seem unable to leave him. i am too attatched and emotionally dependent. i am so desperately broken i just want Jesus more than anything. i want Jesus to stand in the place where my husband cannot be. im just so worried to think i betrayed the one who gave me this life and this body only to use it in such a disgraceful way. thank you for your prayers and sincerity. and thank you so much for providing a place where i can confide in you the darkest parts of my heart without being met with dissaproval or frowns.this means so much to me. God be with you.

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