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.

EmailPrint

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

  • Ignacio says:

    If we believe that God is God, then we should believe that He is almighty and there is no sin greater than Him. Is our lack of faith that impede us to reconnect with God and let Him be God and our friend and bless us with all His grace and Love. We rather keep substituting Him by other things, from the object of sin to the object of healing that is not God Himself. Only God can provide the peace and restoration that we are seeking. The thief on the cross has nothing good to offer, no good deeds but was the first to enter the paradise. Why because he put his heart in the right place, search the eyes of His Lord and Saver and remembered the paradise. Only when we seek God as greater that everything else and the paradise as greater than any other desirable thin g then we will be transformed. We need to desire God and His friendship more than anything else. Then we will drop everything that doesn’t belong to God majesty and purity. Is matter of choice. As a scene of the Gospel, of the possesed youngsters, the demons rather than be with Jesus they requested a miracle to the Son of God, whom they recognized as God, and capable of doing such miracle, but still they rather go to the low life of the pigs. Jesus said do as you want. God doesn’t interfere with our desires and choices. He created us free. That is our supreme dignity and He wants us to choose Him as the supreme Gift and not to be forced to anything. Is not enough to have faith but to desire God more than sin. Is matter of choice. Sadly many time we chose the wrong that we don’t want as Saint Paul says. Adam and Eve choose to steal the forbidden fruit that having their daily communion with God. We still are suffering the consequences.

  • Ann says:

    Steve, I was researching how many times can God forgive you for repeating the same sin & I stumbled upon this. Your job is my struggle with sin. I was introduced to porn at a very young age by a friend & her family. I am happily married with children & I thought when I accepted GOD sin would just stop. Sometimes I make it a month or two with out masturbation or thinking of images I’ve seen while making love to my husband. Porn has crippled me because I can’t enjoy sex with my husband the way God designed it to be enjoyed.There are always images in my mind, even when I try to shut them out. I’m sure many others struggle with this as well. God has put this on my heart to give up & it is a constant battle. It is my genuine feeling that if what you are involved in making has stirred feelings of lust in me & mental images (that I still struggle with years later) it must be doing the same thing to many others. God has put a lot of things on my heart to give up over the last 4 years & I’ve always listened & God has always blessed them. This struggle for me is the most difficult to overcome. If you feel God is showing you that you need to get out, then get out. If porn that someone created can cause me to struggle with lust for years, then there are others struggling too. I would be more afraid of God then not being able to provide my family with a certain lifestyle. If God has put it on your heart to give up, do it. He will honor you & he will provide in ways you would never expect & better then you could imagine.

    Mark 9:42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.

  • Chris Chris says:

    keerthana….i encourage you to know as jesus said, all sin is forgiveable in his eyes. as you simply give your heart and life to christ and let him take charge, getting with his chrisian people, your life will begin to be transformed. you can learn more about knowing jesus as your personal lord and savior by clicking…knowingjesuspersonally.com or by clicking talk to a mentor above. i pray jesus peace would now come to you and that you would find the forgiveness you need in the one who paid for your forgiveness on the cross, jesus christ. amen!

  • keerthana says:

    i want god to forgive me for what i did i am dyeing with guilt please save me

  • Chris Chris says:

    anne…all of us have made mistakes in thoughts, words and deeds. you arent the first one to speak inappropriately to ones parents. you have asked for forgiveness, we all are commanded by jesus to forgive just as he has freely forgiven us. if your father is struggling to forgive you, then simply give him more time but dont condemn yourself for his inability at this moment to forgive you. time has a way of healing physically we know and god also uses time to heal spiritually as well. if for now the door is closed to visit, wait and call back in a week or so to see how the home atmosphere is at that time. we cant forcé storms to stop at our command necessarily, we have to let them run their course and terminate themselves. who wouldnt like instant healings physical or spiritual? yet life, most of the time, is a process of restoration, when needed…i pray you would rest in Gods faithfulness to you, to forgive and restore your life to him more and more and that your parents would also come into the freedom that christs forgiveness affords us in jesus name amen!

  • Ignacio says:

    Dear Ann: your parents need to hear what you just published here. Thye need to to learn aboiut your feelings and that you care. They will forgive you once you show remorse and true repentance and do something very nive form them, with no strings attached. Rejoice in God that is almighty and much biggre that that sin as well. The devil tricks our conciousness with guilt and try to make us believe that we have no forgiveness, that in reality God is not that greta, and won’t be able to forgive.
    Hunble yourself and express your pain for the pain aflicted and hug them and love them. For give= to come with a nive present, anticipate the celebration. Give, give give. Your judgement needs to cease and love since love has the ability to erase a multitude of sins. Love all the way to your parents, evcery body ion your way, the holy Spirit will teach you what you need to learn in order to heal you from your impaired judgement. Compation, empathy are the keys of the fall of humanity and rise. Seek the eyes of Jesus cruxuified, as the thief and suplicate him to let you in His kingdom.Talk to him and praise Him without cease. Make your breathing whisper the name of the Lord. I AM. care of you as the temple of the most high and great all others as temple of God.
    God bless!!!

  • Anne says:

    I have greatly sinned for i have been extremely rude to my parents.. my dad has refused to speak to me again and i could see the obvious hurt in my parents eyes.. i love my parents very much.. but i shouldnt hv yelled at them especially when i questioned my dad’s ability to support the family.. it was my frustration that spoke.. i am drowning with guilt..

  • Chris Chris says:

    franklin…yes its true jesus does forgive without limit and yet at the same time we hear his calling to be perfect as our heavenly father in perfect. matt. 5.48. you might check into way of purity on settingcaptivesfree.com. a great course to help men in their challenges of today…i do pray for you that the holy spirit would fill you up to overflowing and that you and those you lead to christ will enjoy the dominion over sin that jesus has died to give us. amen!

  • franklin says:

    I read your article.Thanks for your insight in to the mind set of Jesus.I struggled in lifeeven after I accepted jesus as my saviour .Temptation is the weapon that satan uses to defeat a child of god and drags him away from the grace of god.I agree with you that god does not look at our sin but for gives us like he told his disciples to forgive 7×70 a day.need your prayers that I should come out of this mental setup that got in to my head thateven if I sin He will not leave me.because God is love.but is it my responsibility to tryto come out of this attitude of sinning.
    continue your good work.God will bless you.
    FRANK@

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    @Steve, how are you doing? So what ideas have you come up with so far for supporting your family outside of the industry. I image that your industry helps you earn a very good income and that it might be hard to find other employment that helps your family continue to live at that standard of living, especially if you are starting a new business. You may need to be willing to live with far less for a while. But I’m sure the peace and joy you’ll have will be much more than what you have right now. Have you considered using your media equipment and studio to serve another business sector? Take care.

  • Jeff says:

    THE ROAD IS NARROW that leads to life and FEW there be that find it. (mt 7:14) WE MUST NOT FORGET: “We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one”. – 1 John 5:18

    Be encouraged! He wouldn’t have said it if it wasn’t possible and that is good news!

    But, we must not make any provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14).

    And, pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

    So, we can be empowered by His HOLY Spirit to lead such a life of holiness, as He is Holy (1 Peter 1:16).

    For the average American this means a radical upheaval of their lives. MAJOR changes in schedule, how time is spent, friends, TV/Internet changes, etc, etc.

    It is why He said that to follow Him it’d cost us everything, and that is why we need to “pick up our cross(their version of the electric chair) and follow Him:

    “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my DISCIPLE must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24

    The very word “disciple” comes from the word “discipline”. We must discipline this flesh that seeks only to destroy us!

    And, live by the Spirit via abiding in prayer/seeking, worship/joy, and divine love.

    BE ENCOURAGED!

    You CAN do it because you were made for the High Life!

    Blessings!

  • Ignacio says:

    Dear Steve: I can relate to the fear and decisions you face. Recently, in my struggles, I could sense the demons instilling desperation and setting my heart in apathy to the love of God. The devil in his mockery continues to test my weakness. We are in a spiritual battle. Only when we surrender humbly to God we can succeed.
    I remember that Yeshua said to the apostles that a certain demons can be expelled only with much prayer and fasting, also that running away from what makes us sin.
    There is the story where Yeshua heals a Boy with a Demon
    …20And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21″But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

    The battle is about who is gaining our heart and deciding who will reign in it. Only by appreciation of the riches of God and paradise, living in communion with the saints and angels for eternity, in the immense Love of God, His Purity and Holiness, rejoicing in Him at all times will defeat the snares of the demons. The demons are not willing to give up their filthy ways as when they ask Yeshua to be let go the men that lived in tombs, and ask Yeshua to possess the swine.

    Matthew 8:30 29And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” 30Now there was a herd of many swine feeding at a distance from them. 31The demons began to entreat Him, saying, “If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.”…
    The demons did recognize the Son of God and ask for an extraordinary thing, a miracle. They show “faith” and declare He is God, as most of us do and feel satisfied with that alone. As the demons that were possessed by low desires and were used to a filthy life (the swine represent that low life), we still appeal to God to help us to keep our ungodly life (to go a live now in the swine bodies). Guess what was the result to that request? The swine run down the cliff and perish. When there is filthy and low life, fear and desperation we can recognize the activity of the devil winning ground in our hearts.
    When there is thankfulness, praise, chanting the miracles of our Lord, when we experience joy, peace and love and empathic feeling for the ones that suffer (spiritual danger)and a great desire for what is pure and Holy then we can recognize that God is winning our heart.
    Faith is not enough (the demons proclaim He was the Son of God). Even the favor of God in not enough for our salvation. He makes shine the sun upon good and evil as well. Yeshua granted the miracle allowing the demons to go to the swine.
    Is our ”choice” what makes the difference. As we made the wrong choice in paradise seeking our own way, giving credit to the deceiver, and a chance to our greed of becoming gods, no wonder humanity succeeded harvesting illness and death.
    Cain went further after killing his brother; he felt “deep sorrow” and went wondering by the land of nod. The common denominator between satan, Adam and Eve, Cain, and all sinners is that once the hearts are captured by their sinful desires there is no repentance, but excuses, lies, and no return, but run away from God.
    The hearts get cold, apathic and unable to sense and pursue the grace of God again. That wedge between men and God was represented by the veil that was in the temple in Jerusalem. That veil was broken just after the words of Yeshua granting access to Paradise to the repented thief on the cross, whom was able to see the goodness of God and request His mercy, acknowledge his sinful undeserving life, and praised the Lord.
    Exactly all the things that satan and all sinners don’t do. To repent means change direction toward home. Like the prodigal son was dealing with the swine away from home, ill and ugly, unholy and lost, he lift himself up and walk back to His father’s home, asking not to be treated as a son but as a servant. When we become servants of the King of the most High then we are in the right track.
    That track is Yeshua himself, the path of salvation. Sometimes we need another servant to pull us in because we walk as blind or drunk, and we need to be helping each other until we reach the safe destination. Meanwhile we are in treatment for our addictions and unholy desires, but granted a hostel (the church= people og good, the chosen ones)for our total recovery. Is the same Lord that comes to us as the Good Samaritan, the Good Shepard to rescue us form the dangers of the world and carry us from sure death in the cross to a total restoration in the resurrection. He is coming to pick up the bill again for whatever is missing for our full recovery.
    If you really love your family you would like for them to inherit the right perspective of the Truth that saves and grants eternal life in the Love of God. Switching from the business of promoting the devils filth to the business that promotes the Holy things will give you what you really desire and escape the trap of the counterfeiter of happiness, wealth and financial stability and so on.
    There is no way effectually and finally to hide sin, but forsaking it.
    Doing so a multitude of sins are erased as says James 5: 19My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
    Join into the business of erasing a multitude of sins. Need a partner?
    God Bless you all.
    Ignacio

    Proverbs 10:12
    Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

    Proverbs 11:30
    The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

    Proverbs 17:9
    Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

    Romans 11:14
    in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.

    1 Corinthians 1:21
    For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

    James 1:21
    Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

    James 5:15
    And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

    1 Peter 4:8
    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
    Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

    5:19,20 It is no mark of a wise or holy man, to boast of being free from error, or to refuse to acknowledge an error. And there is some doctrinal mistake at the bottom of every practical mistake. There is no one habitually bad, but upon some bad principle. This is conversion; to turn a sinner from the error of his ways, not merely from one party to another, or from one notion and way of thinking to another. There is no way effectually and finally to hide sin, but forsaking it. Many sins are hindered in the party converted; many also may be so in others whom he may influence. The salvation of one soul is of infinitely greater importance than preserving the lives of multitudes, or promoting the welfare of a whole people. Let us in our several stations keep these things in mind, sparing no pains in God’s service, and the event will prove that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. For six thousand years He has been multiplying pardons, and yet his free grace is not tired nor grown weary. Certainly Divine mercy is an ocean that is ever full and ever flowing. May the Lord give us a part in this abundant mercy, through the blood of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit.

  • Steve says:

    Kym,

    Thank you for your words and insight. You are right fear is driving a lot of my
    Feelings. The fear is however the fear of God which is the only fear that one should have correct ? Faith that he is in control of all things and he is the way to lead us salvation I believe this. So I am currently putting my thoughts into different efforts that would be more pleasing to the eyes of GOD and more righteous work. I also know that in the bible the CREATOR says that one must provide for himself on the sweat of his own brow because of the inevitable state of sin we are all in. So I do have faith that I will be delivered from my current profession. However I also know that the sweat of my brow will provide the food for which my family eats. I do not believe repentance is enough if I did I wouldn’t be on this board. I KNOW I must change my path but while I am and while GOD is working on me how can I jeopardize the lively hood of my family when their food will be provided again by the sweat of my brow? Faith delivers us and gives is eternal life and I am a believer . So I’m not looking for justification in what I do I’m just looking for insight on will GOD allow me to change and forgive my current state where I am. My site is on Autopilot at this point so I don’t have to be involved on the day to day runnings of my site. But a question I have is aren’t we all afraid ??? I mean if there was no fear of hell their wouldn’t their be no mention of it ? Are fear and faith not hand in hand ? FEAR GOD and believe in him all at the same time no ? Every piece of my soul desires to change deeper than just my words but actually in reality. I realize the bible says the penalty for sin is death which why no man or woman can escape death because we all sin. So I guess my question when it all comes down to it I know the answer . GOD will always forgive so long as I Believe but I must be a true believer and live by his word . I have sinned faltered and ended up in this industry but by Faith I know I will be delivered.

    Thank you dearly May GOD bless us ALL

  • Kym says:

    Steve,

    I am very blessed by your note. Even though my words may be very direct, just know that my heart is very soft towards you and your concerns. I do not stand in judgment of you at all.

    Your profession and a weakness for women are not the issue. It’s also not about how hard you are trying to live a holy life. The Bible says our efforts are futile. This is a faith issue. It boils down to who do you believe?

    You are saved by grace through faith. Grace is Holy Spirit convicting you. Conviction ignored leads to a reprobate mind. Conviction embraced leads to repentance. Repentance is a gift from God that enables us to escape from the devil’s snare of destruction. Repentance evokes more than confession of sin or remorse. It enables us to submit to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that renews hearts and minds. It’s released by an act of your will.

    Your comments are primarily based on fear, which is the antithesis of faith. Fear is the belief that something bad is going to happen with no evidence; faith is believing something good is going to happen with no evidence.

    What does faith look like to you? It boils down to do you believe God’s Word or the lies of the enemy? As you stated – no one can answer your question because no one is walking in your shoes. But if you want the truth, which will set you free, search God’s word for the promises He gives that says you don’t have to worry about what you are going to wear or eat. The Father knows you need these things. If you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all of these other things will be added unto you.

    I should probably tell you that I run an anti-trafficking ministry. I am well aware of the enticements, deception, and destruction of porn. I am not a fan. God allowed me a glimpse of hell 2 years ago. The temporal pleasures of life and the things we think are so important now will very much pale in contrast to eternal damnation. Do not be deceived. Nothing in this life is worth it.

    So I pray for you right now in the name of our Lord, Yeshua that the lies of the enemy are completely stripped away and that only truth has access to your heart and mind. I pray for strength to leave the porn industry and for blessings to overflow as you place your faith in the truth of Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross and glorious resurrection, pleading the blood for you and your precious family. I pray that you will experience dunamis power over every area of your life. May you receive a revelation of the Father’s heart and immense love for you today. I bind the spirit of error, bondage, fear, and perversion and release the Spirit of love, power, sound mind, truth, holiness, righteousness, purity, liberty. Amen.

    Bless you my brother. These comments are completely free and there’s plenty more where they came from.

  • Permabond says:

    When the woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus, what did He do? First of all, He told all of those men standing around her with rocks getting ready to stone her to death that if there was anyone there who had never sinned, feel free to cast the first stone. As they all dropped their stones and walked away, He went over to the woman and asked her where her accusers were. When she told him there were no accusers left, He said something very profound, “Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.” If anyone had the right to accuse her, it was the perfect Son of God. But that’s not why He came. He came to share the Father’s heart with His creation. God is love. He is holy, and there is a penalty for sin, which is death, but Jesus came to save us.

  • Steve says:

    I grew up in Catholic School but am Episcopal by my baptism I honestly struggle sometimes, not with the Fact that the Son of Man actually lived and did righteous works and provided a way for us to model our lives after but the fact that we direct a lot of praise and gratitude his way instead of directly to the CREATOR GOD and those facts I have always struggled. I pray daily for wisdom and the right path and as we all no everyone is a born sinner I have made tremendous strides to correct some wrongs of my past and try to Live according to the word of GOD to the best of my ability. My profession however is I feel my biggest Obstacle as woman always have been. I remember once my sister going to a psychic (and yes i know that is against GOD completely I have never been and will never go) and she said women will be my downfall now looking at my life I have 3 daughters a home cars etc… but all supported by the profits of the adult industry and the studio I run. I wish there was a way to maybe even sell my business and turn away but in the mean time what am i to do ? I know this is a question for GOD and not a man but just looking for some insight on the damage continuing to run this Business will have on my eternal life. I do not take pride in this work nor am i interested in making this my lifes work by no means but the financial aspect now has me neck deep and this is something that took 5 years to build. How do i begin to approach this.

  • Michael Jantzen Michael Jantzen says:

    Hello Steve. I admire you’re desire to get out of the industry and support your family by doing something you can be proud of. It’s always a little scary to leave behind stability and venture into the unknown. I believe God would totally honor your decision to no longer support the porn industry. Can you tell me a bit about your spiritual journey? What do you believe about Jesus (Yeshua)? Take care.

  • Steve says:

    I own an adult film company it supports myself and my family financially though I am actively trying to find a solution to running this type of business how do I remove myself from it without completely destroying the stability of my family and also turning to Yeshua ? This is the battle im faced with

Leave a Reply