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

  • Sharon says:

    to Santhra amen to your comment God is an awesome God HIS creation is HIS splendor. sharon

  • Aldo says:

    Bro.B, it comes down to Do you love Jesus more than you love your fleshly desires? There is always a price to pay in keeping a commitment. Jesus paid that price with His own blood because He loved you so much.

    The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

    Bro.B, Paul gives you the answer to your question in 1 Corinthians 7:9, “…if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

  • Bro.B says:

    shalom, thanks a lot for inspiring speeches you make, am a born again christian and i real love Jesus also God has blessed me with different talents and abilities to serve his purpose but i want to know how may i overcome romantic behavior which disturbs me often times and make me feel that am empty and worthless and i can not be forgiven, i real need a help in this case because i love Jesus and i want to serve him in truth and spirit.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Tina–
    If you are referring to the mark of the beast as described in Revelation, no. Taking the mark is complete denial of Jesus Christ, the sin of unbelief, and alliance with the Anti-Christ and Satan.

  • Tina says:

    What about if you take the mark….can that be forgiven

  • Tom Tom says:

    Humble—
    Be assured that God will always forgive a truly repentant sinner. However, the person who continues to willfully sin after making some profession of faith should carefully examine themselves to make sure they are really saved.

    For example, does it make sense to you that someone who has trusted in Jesus Christ to save them would continue to disobey him and willfully sin? Since the saved person is a new creation in Christ, having the old things put away and being changed by the Lord from the inside out, does it make sense to you that they would continue to live in the old, sinful ways while ignoring the Holy Spirit that dwells within each believer? Granted, all believers will sin from time to time; but they don’t make a habit of it.

    Let me ask you Humble, how do you know you have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ?

  • Humble says:

    Does God take away the gifts He blessed you with when you always backslide?

    I’m scared that God will never forgive me

  • Alfred says:

    Thank you, Elkay, for that tribute; but God gets all the credit. Yes, we must want to, but without the power, wisdom and love from God (that follows forgiveness) we will go now-where. Blessings.

  • Tom Tom says:

    John Kennedy–
    You say you came to know the Lord in 1978. Would you mind sharing the particulars?

  • john kennedy says:

    I came to know the Lord,in 1978,in a coffee shop,in Farmington NM. I struggled in my flesh ,and was a backslider,in the worse way. When I was serving the Lord,wittnessing passing out tracks,pleading in the blood of Jesus to gather sinners to the thrown of glory. But backslid &was in & out,not having no real conviction in my walk with the Lord relationship I’m lost please pray for me

  • santhra says:

    our god is an awesome god………..

  • Elkay says:

    Alfred, thank you so much for your testimony to the love, forgiveness and strength of God. Without a doubt, Bible-reading in the morning is a blessed way to begin each day anew. I am reminded of what Paul says at Ephesians 5:25, “We know He gave Himself up completely to make her (His church) His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word”. (Voice) It is Scripture that is powerfully able to cleanse us and bring us into the presence of the Lord where we can “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!” (1 Chron 16:29c) Your experience is a welcome confirmation of these truths. Again, thank you!

  • I really appreciate you all for the words of encouragement… Lord I thank you because you have forgiven me… You are kind o Lord..

  • Alfred says:

    There are actually several great videos in the site that M..Jantzen has given us. They speak to the heart. This can make a person believe that overcoming an addiction is possible with God! And it actually is. For most of my life I’ve been fighting a sexual addiction, and too often in my own strength (weakness). It seems to me now, that the answer lies in staying so close to God and in being so involved in important things in life that thoughts of sex are pushed far into the background. Part of what helps me in this is to spend a good half-hour in Bible reading & prayer each morning. My prayer often begins with praise & thanksgiving, then worship, followed by silence as I behold His holiness. In contrast, I see my smallness and ask for forgiveness for my failures, and for the Spirit to control my thoughts and to schedule my day. Sometimes, in spite of all good intentions, I fail. That is when I know the devil needs to be told to get out. Sometimes put on the full armor of God according to Eph.6:11-18, for we were never meant to “go it alone”. God is our strength, our protector, and will make a way of escape for us to get away from sinning. HE who is within me is greater than he who is in the world.

  • M. Jantzen says:

    Hi Hello,

    This is the most inspiring and freeing speech I’ve ever heard on the topic of freedom from porn. It’s only a few minutes long. I’d encourage you to watch it and really receive it’s truth into your heart:

    https://thelife.com/challenges/imagine-your-life-without-porn

    Take care.

  • Cheryl says:

    Hello,
    Just wanted to leave you a few great scriptures to remember.

    Romans 8:2
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

    2 Cor 3:6
    Our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

    Romans 5:20
    More over the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

    1 Cor 2:2
    For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

  • Hello says:

    Thank you’s all for helping me so much! You to cherly!

    I have to get into God presence and stay there and understand that it is lies that the devil is telling me, that God won’t forgive me and I have lost salvation, in order for me to give up on Jesus.

    I don’t fall into temptation everyday. It’s more of a every other month thing. So I Can and WILL overcome it.

    Once again thanks yous all! GOD Bless yous and your family!

  • Cheryl says:

    Hello
    Tom offers you some good practical advice but I would add to lean on the HOLY SPIRIT and not your flesh, let Him reveal the root of the addiction. If it is a pornography addiction the root may be that you are not intimately connected with others because you are afraid of being vulnerable and so people addicted to porn try to get satisfaction with out intimacy and this is not the way GOD designed us.
    If you don’t get to the root of the problem it will just spring back up somewhere else as people can then just trade one addiction for the next. GOD is not condemning you if you are in CHRIST, He wants to help you, so don’t be afraid to talk to HIM about it. Be honest with HIM. HE already sees and knows as nothing is hidden from HIM. We reign over our addictions when we let HIS life reign in us.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Hello–
    You really need to be proactive in taking measures to reduce the temptation. Remember 1 Cor. 10:13? God has already made a way for you to escape.

    Here are a few steps to take:
    Let’s start with this–If you are really serious about dealing with this problem, then you must first remove any and all opportunities to view it. Add an internet security program to your desktop or laptop computer which will prohibit access to such materials. Do the same for your phone.

    Here are some sources: (I believe they’re still operational)
    Web Guard is one such source. http://www.afo.net
    Restoration is another. http://www.restorationpath.org
    Watch http://x3watch.com

    Here are some other tools for you to peruse to get you started in the right direction:
    Jericho http://jerichoventures.com
    Get and read “Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn. You can find it at https://www.christianbook.com/battle-workbook-winning-sexual-temptation-victory/stephen-arterburn/9780307457974/pd/457974?item_code=WW&netp_id=604770&event=ESRCG&view=details as well as any Christian bookstore.

    Check out Philippians 4:8 and tell me what it says to you.

    Search the scriptures (you can use a commentary) to find passages on lust. Start memorizing those passages and bring them to mind whenever you are tempted.

    Lastly, but significantly, get into the word DAILY. And get into church where you will find support from others who have walked your path.

    I say again, it’s time to step up.

  • Cheryl says:

    Hi Hello!
    I really sense your pain and fear. Take a deep breath and know that it is by faith that we are saved and if you have put your faith in Jesus and His finished work at the cross you are saved. It is by His obedience that we are justified. Concerning the sin in your life the law tells us don’t, don’t, don’t but the Spririt supplies. We are now under Grace and we walk in the Spirit and this is where you are having difficulty. I would encourage you to ask the LORD the root of these sins and He is faithful to help us.

    Also, you of course easily are given in to temptation when your spirtit is not built up. I would encourage you to read or listen to scripture and sermons to reveal Gods grace and love towards you. When we feed on the LORD and we receive HIs Grace we can not help but fall in love with Him and then wrong doing just naturally falls off.

    Just one example from scripture for you to meditate on tonight is in Deuterotomy 28 the last curse of the law is (I’m paraphrasing, you can look it uo) ” you will be a slave in the market place but even your enemies will not buy you.”
    This is the last curse of the law but the good new is Jesus has purchsed us and we are no longer under the law.

    The last supper with the disciples before Jesus would be crucified He took off His garments and gurded Himself with an apron to wash the disciples feet. Jesus looked like a servant, a slave. Peter refused that the LORD wash his feet this was something that the lowest of slaves did in the house but Jesus told him if he did not allow Him to wash his feet Peter had no part with Him. This is because Jesus became a slave in our place. He took our place so that we could be free. He not only saved you from the consequence of your sin but the power of it over your life.

    Fill your thoughts with His finished work for you, His love for you and as you begin to fall in love with Him those things that seemed to once add pleasure to your life will be of no use to you because your joy will be full in Him.

    Cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you!

  • Hello says:

    Hi, yes it is that along with things one does while entertaining it.

    I just want reassurance from God that no,he hasn’t given up on me and my sins are forgiven even when my guilt is coming from fear of not being forgiven and going to hell.

    And yes,sometimes I do read the Bible, I mostly read up scriptures. No I do not attend church. I have to start going again.

  • M. Jantzen says:

    Hi Hello,

    Thanks for sharing more. Tom has given you very good things to consider.

    When I become tired of trying to follow Jesus, it’s not because I’m tired of Him (After all, He will always be wonderful and so good); it’s because I get tired of my own failings and weaknesses. Getting fed-up with one’s self is not a bad place to be, though, because then you are in a place for your heart to truly surrender and begin to change.

    From reading your comment, it seems to me that you base some of your salvation on your performance. (you mentioned thinking God might give up on you). There is good news, brother. Jesus’ performance is what makes us acceptable to God. I’d suggest that you read this article: “Stop Trying to Get Right With God.” https://thelife.com/challenges/stop-trying-to-get-right-with-god and then run to Jesus, trusting in his gift of salvation and fresh starts. Take care!

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