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

  • Tom Tom says:

    Anwar Elder–
    I’ve checked an encyclopedia on the Gathas texts and I’m not finding any reason to believe these poems are anything other than the ancient writings of one or more Iranians. Why should we put any significant faith in them as examples to live by or give them credence beyond simple poetry? More significantly, why should we consider them as important for eternal life?

  • Janey says:

    Hi Connor, I just wanted to encourage you in case you are reading the follow up comments, and to tell you that it does not sound like you are finding fault with God at all–the thoughts you are having are clearly unwanted. If you want me to provide you with a link to a scripturally sound webpage that deals with unwanted/obsessive thoughts, please reply here, and I’ll post the link. You are not alone in what you are experiencing!

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Connor, one thing is sure and that is that God is pure good, pure love, pure wisdom, pure eternal life, and the function from which all good flows. If your finding fault with God perhaps that entity IS the deceiver. God does no wrong although Satan is jealous and wants to be taken as God.

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Jamie, yes certain sins weigh more than others in Zoroastrianism. Deeds are heaviest, words middle and thoughts least. Actually thoughts only count if they are or were acted upon with words or deeds. Now the hostility done toward God’s creation is what sin is. It follows that say murder is a big sin and say the Hiroshima Nagasaki Atom bombs that killed 250,000 civilians is to date perhaps the greatest sin of mankind thus far. Or the Holocaust oh my…6 million said to be murdered. As for being among 49% sinful souls..well I speculate that perhaps this is the condition we are all in in this life. This life may actually be purgatory because we can try to purge ourselves of wrongful tendencies as well as perform deeds to tip the scales in our favor. Makes sense to me.

  • Connor says:

    Thank you!

  • Chanjaimee says:

    Please stay .dont go .please want life .

  • Chanjaimee says:

    Im want sins please .im sorry please .want back life .please don’t leave .please want stay

  • Sharon says:

    good post and thank you for this and good comments too

  • Janey says:

    Hi Connor, I’m sorry to hear about the struggles you’re having. You’re not alone in your struggle. There are a lot of people out there who struggle with unwanted thoughts. There are some cases where people might need a little extra help beyond being told to pray, read the bible, attend church, etc. Sometimes people might have brains that are hard wired with patterns that tend towards OCD or anxiety, and in those cases, help from a professionally trained counsellor can be hugely beneficial. I’ve struggled a lot with a bad anxiety disorder from a difficult childhood, and I have benefitted tremendously from counselling. The counselling doesn’t contradict scripture, but helps me to be able to see scripture in a better way. One website that I read was by a guy named Grantley (I know the site was a netburst.net site or something like that), and he offered a really good perspective on Christians who struggle with anxious thoughts. I just hope you know you are cared for, and I wish you grace and peace in Christ :) It can sometimes help to know that you aren’t alone in the struggles you’re facing.

  • Chris says:

    connor c….sorry to hear of your struggles…we all know that we have a sin nature that can manifest in different ways. as we receive christ he makes us new inside but we still have to work out our salvation in real and daily life. we do that by pray and bible study, some fasting as we can and being in a strong Christian church. if you have never received jesus personally as your lord and savior you can find out how to by loggingontoknowingjesuspersonally.com or by clicking talk to a mentor above. you can also take the cross centered mind on settingcaptivesfree.com for bible study help on controlling your throughts too. i pray jesus frees you from those negative thoughts as you do your part in receivng his ingrafted Word each day into your heart and apply proverbs 4.20 to 27 to your life in jesus name amen

  • Connor C says:

    Hello.I have a few questions about God.Lately I’ve been having bad thoughts with God involved.I heard someone swearing while I was thinking about God and ever since I’ve been callin God those words that I don’t want to.I don’t want to do it but I want to stop it.I also want to stop my other bad thought of saying the Devil is good and God is not.I don’t know why but I got that thought one day.I love God and the region but I want to stop calling God those 2 bad words and saying that God is bad because they are bad memories but I still love God to my heart and have before this happened.Any advice to get rid of these sins?Also,if I have done those two sins but I want to stop and I might or might not would I go to hell because I want to live in heaven with God.Also whenever I make a bad choice I smile for some reason but I don’t mean it.If these bad thoughts are to God can I turn myself around and go to heaven with him because I love him down to heart it’s just these bad memories.If you can help thanks!

  • Connor says:

    Another thing,if I have done other bad things but I regret it later and do this process often does it make me have a bad soul even though I know what I did was wrong?

  • Connor says:

    Hello.I have a few questions about God.Lately I’ve been having bad thoughts with God involved.I heard someone swearing while I was thinking about God and ever since I’ve been callin God those words that I don’t want to.I don’t want to do it but I want to stop it.I also want to stop my other bad thought of saying the Devil is good and God is not.I don’t know why but I got that thought one day.I love God and the region but I want to stop calling God those 2 bad words and saying that God is bad because they are bad memories but I still love God to my heart and have before this happened.Any advice to get rid of these sins?Also,if I have done those two sins but I want to stop and I might or might not would I go to hell because I want to live in heaven with God.Also whenever I make a bad choice I smile for some reason but I don’t mean it.If these bad thoughts are to God can I turn myself around and go to heaven with him because I love him down to heart it’s just these bad memories.If you can help thanks!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    That is quite something Anwar. So for every bad thing I do I can make up for it by doing one good thing. I think I would have a hard time living with a person who was 49% cruel. Are there certain sins that weigh more heavily than others? What all are included in sins? Is it just bad things we do or good things we fail to do? What about evil thoughts; do those count against me as well?

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Hi Jamie, you were asking how much sin is too much in Zoroastrianism. Actually this is clear in the Gathas text! It says if the soul is mostly good it goes to Heaven, mostly bad it falls into Hell. If the soul is 50/50 then a judgement is made. In any case my understanding is that the less sinful are allowed closer to God and the more sinful kept further away. Those closer to God are most joyful and esteemed and trusted, those further are less joyful even if they are in Heaven.

  • I believe love and faith of god but I commit sin on my own path sometime. but their something we don’t understand on the secret he kept from us which means by are we going to heaven or are we going to hell even if we apologize there some sort that never have chance to make that’s rights.

  • Chris says:

    juan…sorry to hear of your struggles…although jesus is the lord of our lives, we still need to make quality decisions in order for his lordship to be effective for us. i would suggest the following…break off any friendships with unsaved men. never be alone with a man. surround yourself with godly people and have them pray for you. be in a strong Christian church. i can help you find one if you dont have one. take purity challenge on settingcaptivesfree.com, do some fasting as you can, dont be in the wrong places with the wrong people and jesus will bless you with his love for purity and holiness! hebrews 12

  • Tom Tom says:

    Hi Juan—
    (I’m assuming you are a female even though your post name is male. If I’m incorrect, please let me know.)
    You say that you are a “young Christian.” You also state that you are “born again.” Do you understand what each of these things means? To be a Christian is to be a follower/disciple of Jesus Christ. To follow him is to deny the things YOU desire and to seek to do the things HE desires. To be a Christian is to no longer live for self. To be born again is to have your spirit brought to life by the power of the Holy Spirit and to have the Holy Spirit living within you. The Spirit works within you to change your heart towards the things of God and to “walk in the light as He is in the light.” Can you honestly say that your actions show you are denying yourself, following Jesus Christ, and that you have the Holy Spirit working within you to direct you?

    I talk with many professing Christians who continue to willfully sin in some area of their lives. While no Christian is perfect and all still have a sin nature that manifests itself when one’s guard is down, too little attention is paid to what Jesus said: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” In other words, without repentance, a person cannot be born again. To repent is to make a 180 degree turn from willful sinning. To repent is to have a change of heart and mind about sinning. To repent is to see yourself as God sees you and to be so sorry for what you’ve done against a Holy God that you desire never to do that thing again. Far too many people today think that they can “believe” in Jesus and be saved. They think they can be “saved” and still live anyway they want to because they’ve been “forgiven.” But the evidence of salvation is in the fruit one bears by the power of the Holy Spirit living within them. Good trees don’t produce bad fruit.

    You have a decision to make Juan. No one is forcing you into the sexual situations you describe. Are you going to truly repent and start walking with the Lord or keep giving into the temptations to willfully sin against God? (As a side note, the apostle Paul warned us about being unevenly yoked. I have to wonder what sort of guys you’re going with who always want to force the sex issue. It doesn’t sound like they are born again, and if not, you shouldn’t be dating them.)

    Jesus Christ wants ALL of you, not just the parts you’re willing to give him. You need to humbly go before God in prayer with a repentant heart, confessing your sin and surrendering your whole life to Jesus Christ.

    If you have any questions or are unclear on what I’ve written, please let me know. Give yourself completely to the Lord Jesus today!

  • Juan says:

    am a Young Christian but have often fallen prey in the hands of boyfriends and always end up sleeping with them while knowing its wrong. it’s about 6 time snow.though I try to tell them God doesn’t require us to sleep with each other till married. they pretend to understand but as we are together they get over powered by their feelings and end up having sex,am tired of this situation yet am born again. whàt hurts me most that I know that what am doing is wrong but given. AM STILL worth his forgiveness.,

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Thanks Anwar, I appreciate the clarification on Zoroastrian teachings. So do you know how much sin is too much? What is the standard by which people are measured? Is that something that can be known?

  • Anwar Elder says:

    Jamie, sin from the Zoroastrian perspective is fully accounted for at judgement day. Everyone will be guilty to some degree. Some less than others. As I understand it judgement will occur when crossing a bridge. Those mostly sinful will fall, those mostly good will cross and find an appropriate station in service to God. Those who are closely balanced judged in order to discern potential. These will either fall or pass finding the least favorable service to God. No freebie sins. Everyone held accountable.

  • Chris says:

    tamika…as far as your angel, the bible does say that God can use angels to protect us in psalm 91 and that they do minister to the saints according to Gods will in hebrews 1. however our faith and attention should only be in God alone. none of our attention should be upon angels but upon jesus who shed his blood so we could have a personal relationship with God the father. our calling is not to have relationships with angels at this time on earth. if God wants to use angels to protect us in some way, that is up to him. our callling and focus should be upon christ alone for our lives and their protection. mark 11.22, hebrews 6.1 and foll. blessings!

  • Chris says:

    tamika….all of our sins were placed on jesus on the cross. by receivng christ personally into your heart, he removes those sins that had caused a seperation between us and the heavenly father. if jesus is your lord and savior, then his blood continues to cleanse should you fall into a sin and you repent of it. 1 John 1.9. if we were to sin, confession of sin should not wait until the next day but rather should be consfessed immediately so that our relationship with christ isnt hampered. if you are struggling with an habitual sin, please share it and we can look for a more specific solution to your problem. blessings to you!

  • Chris says:

    kasey Thompson….2 corinthians 5 tells us that we have already been forgiven through the reconciling work of christ on the cross. now as you receive jesus personally as your lord and savior, that forgiveness becomes yours personally. if you have already been saved, then 1 John 1.9 encourages us to pray for forgiveness whenever we might slip into doing a sin again. if you are struggling with habitual sin, please share what it is and we can look for a solution from Gods Word. blessings!

  • tamika says:

    Kym how do I know who my angel is

  • tamika says:

    Km I have one more question how do I know who my angel is

  • Kym says:

    Tamika, I see the desperation in your post, and you have a similar question to Kasey on forgiveness. The Word of God is very clear on this subject. If you come to the Lord with a repentant heart, confess to Him what you’ve done, ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness, turn from your sin and submit that area to the Lord, and ask Him to help you overcome whatever it is, He will do exactly what you ask Him to do.

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    When you stand on the Word of God and believe what He says and stand on it firmly, He will bring you peace.

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    As you are submitting this area to the Lord, if you were to fall back into whatever it is, don’t fall into condemnation. Do the process all over again. Repent, confess, ask, receive, submit. His mercies are new every morning.

    Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

    Never feel as though you’ve fallen so far He won’t forgive you. He says He will forgive you each and every time you come to Him with a repentant heart. If you practice not falling into condemnation or giving up because you feel hopeless and succumbing to your sin, if you stand on His promises that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6), that He loves you and wants what’s most beneficial for you, eventually His Spirit will transform you by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2). You will eventually be able to resist this and be an overcomer. That’s when you will have true peace.

    Jesus said in John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  • tamika says:

    Please o please help me I’m worried with guilt

  • tamika says:

    Let’s say it’s a Friday and u did something wrong and u do something wrong and u feel guilty and u pray to him that same day will he forgive u

  • tamika says:

    Hi let’s say it a Friday and I did something that was wrong because I don’t know any better and I pray to him on the same day how do I know when he will forgive me

  • Kasey Thompson says:

    How will I know if I’m forfivin

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Anwar, I appreciate your input here. So from a Zoroastrian perspective, how is the sin in a person dealt with? Just like when someone breaks a law there is a judgement and sentence. What is the judgement and sentence for our sin?

  • Anwar Elder says:

    You got it wrong. It’s Satan that forgives sin. Satan fools the unwise into believing that he will be forgiven thus encouraging sin and relieving the natural sense of guilt God has created in us. But we are never truly convinced. We already know people. Become Zoroastrian and rise out of Hell.

  • Tom Tom says:

    That’s great Dream! And won’t it be interesting to find out one day all the “back” story of this event? We’ll be praising God forever!

  • dream says:

    Tom..Thank you for your input. I love God from my heart I just didn’t understand that situation. Actually it made me more humble before God that he is really sovereign and I am in his hands and he can decide my life or death. It made me to live every day in purity and fullness serving Jesus. The church is taking care of the widow and serving her which is blessing to see.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Dream—
    I am so sorry to hear that this beloved Christian brother was taken home so early in life. I hope that the church will stand strong for the remaining family and help wherever they can; not just in the next few weeks, but for as long as this young mother and her children need help, comfort, and loving kindness.

    Your not understanding is added to the “not understanding” of probably millions of Christians and men and women of faith who have come before. Even the Book of Job relates the depths of his lack of understanding concerning the loss of everything he held dear in physical life. I believe the long and the short of it is that God is sovereign. He is God and we are not. He knows what is best in every situation because He sees every detail from beginning to end, while we see only what’s immediately in front of us. We have no way of knowing how God will use the death of someone like this young man to His glory and the furtherance of His kingdom purposes. That is where faith must stand above what we can only see. I’ve personally seen how God used the death of a teenage boy who was on fire for the Lord to bring some of his acquaintances to saving faith.

    Because you mention it in your note, let me encourage you not to believe that because this young man died it showed a lack of faith—either his or the church’s. If it were true that strong faith prevented death, then there would be many cases of faithful men and women living for centuries! I know the faith of thousands of persecuted Christians is strong enough to face death, and yet as often as not they are killed for their faith anyway—men, women, and children.

    Stand strong in your own faith Dream. Don’t let this death hinder your walk with the Lord. Use it in your own life to work hard for the Lord in everything you do (Colossians 3:23-24) and to make the most of your own time. None of us is promised tomorrow. Work also to encourage this young woman and her children and to help them build their own strong faith.

    “Father, I pray that you will use every aspect of the death of this man to bring glory to your name and to build strong faith for all involved. I pray you will show the congregation what it means to truly comfort this family as well as each other as they struggle with the death of a loved one. May you bring them blessings through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the ability to move forward in love. May this be a rallying cry for them to trust you more, to pray more, and to depend on you more for everything in life. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

  • dream says:

    Chris. Is it mean that God will not heal everybody that by this he is keeping his sovereignty? I am in this church for many years and there were many miracles of healing a even from cancer too. This is the first case of young person died and was not healed. I know that church did everything and had a faith, is it that God is showing that he makes decision over life and death?

  • Chris says:

    dream…i encourage you with 1 Corinthians 4:5… Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. blessings!

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