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

  • Tom Tom says:

    Caesar—
    While becoming a Christian requires faith and trust in the Lord, it also requires repentance—a real desire to turn away from sin. In its most basic sense, “being” a Christian is being born again spiritually by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit in response to a person’s heart-desire to repent and trust in Jesus Christ. The result of this new birth is the working of the Holy Spirit through the person to actually affect the changes desired. Scripture tells us that, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17.

    The Bible is very clear that a person who is born again will NOT continue to willfully and knowingly sin. They still have a sin-nature that bubbles up at times, but repeated willful disobedience is a sign that the person is still living in darkness, not in the light of salvation.

    Consider the last words you wrote—“. . . and do things that God loves . . .” Then ask yourself: Are viewing porn and self-gratification things that God loves? If you’re a Christian, and those things don’t honor God, then what should you do?

  • Chris says:

    barend…remember you are who jesus says you are…a new creation in him, 2 corinthians 5.17, more than a conqueror, romans 8.26 to 39, selected to be pure and holy in him, ephesians 1. 3 to 6. now live each day according to Gods truth in your life and reject all falsehoods to the contrary!!

  • dream says:

    Barend.. So sorry for the reaction of pastors and church.. It should not be like that! You are a new creation and all old is gone. You are clean by Jesus. Recently in my church there was baptised a transsexual and all church were rejoicing that she was saved. She is our sister now and we were hugging her. I am so thankful to God that in churches where I was, nothing happened like you described. Don’t give up there are churches and pastors who serve and love people.

  • Barend says:

    Good morning all

    I thank each one of you for the comments and the quoted text that I received. It is very encoyraging to get help from so .any brothers in Christ.

    there are a few churches in my little town but I am so afraid of false profits that I listen to services on the radio.

    When I first was saved and babtised I confessed to the pastor that I was a homosexual and his reaction was rather disturbing.

    He told me that I am very lucky that he did not know at first because no minister would be in my company if they knew. To me that sounded so wrong. It put me off going to church because after that I would walk into the xhurch and I would feel unwelcome.

    So thank you all again
    Barend

  • Chris says:

    barend…i am glad to hear you are wanting to walk with jesus! John 6.37 to 44 informs us that jesus never rejects anyone who comes to him. i would suggest the following to help you grow in your Christian faith…have godly men pray over you. you dont have to say why. be in a strong Christian church. if you dont have one let me know i can look. take way of purity on settingcaptivesfree.com….do some fasting as you can….try to avoid people with the same temptations or at least do not get alone with any one of them. i pray jesus would give you the strength and courage to continue walking forward with him always never to look back again, amen.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Barend—
    I’m definitely not trying to scare you Barend, and I don’t want to add to your concerns. But obviously, being sure of one’s salvation is the most important thing anyone can ever know. Let me try to clarify a little:

    The verse you quoted is Romans 10:9-10. Believing in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior is certainly required for a saving relationship with him. But most people read the first part about “confess(ing) with your mouth that Jesus is Lord” as something prior to salvation. “I confess that Jesus is Lord.” However, in this verse confessing the Lord Jesus is what you DO daily after salvation; it is one of the main evidences of salvation. You not only confess with your mouth but also with your actions that Jesus Christ is Lord. “I confess Jesus is my Lord and you can tell I believe he is Lord by my obedience to him.”

    Being obedient to Jesus is evidence of having repented. Think of the average convict. If you ask him if he’s sorry he’s in prison, he’ll say “Yes.” If you ask him if he’ll ever break the law again he’ll likely say “No.” But more than 85% of convicts go back to their same law-breaking ways after being released. Why? Because while they were sorry they got caught the first time, they weren’t ready to change their heart and mind about doing so again. The evidence of their “confession” was in how they afterward lived their life. Does that make sense?

    Please understand that I don’t know your heart Barend. Only God does. You may very well be saved. That’s between you and God. But Paul encourages us to “Examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith.” He’s writing to professing Christians. So I’m encouraging you to first make sure of your salvation by truly repenting and trusting in Jesus Christ. And if you are truly repenting, will you knowingly continue to disobey the Lord?

    The next time Satan (yes, it is a Satanic attack you repeatedly face with lust) brings thoughts into your mind, immediately replace those thoughts with thoughts of Christ. Repeat ALOUD Philippians 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5. Do what James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourself to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.” And talk with the Lord about these things. Really spend some quality time with him about what you’re struggling with. Tell him how you feel about it and seek his wisdom. He wants your faith to be built through all of this so that you can testify to others of the overcoming power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Also, if you would prefer to speak confidently with a mentor rather via blog, click on the link above “Talk to a mentor.” You don’t have to walk through this alone.

    “Father, I ask you to clear away the debris in Barend’s life and to clarify with him his position with you. I ask you to show him just how powerful the Holy Spirit is by working through him to overcome the temptations to sin that he’s had. I pray that you’ll give him godly mentors and friends that will encourage him and walk with him as he strives to live a life that is pleasing to you and will bring you glory and honor. You’ve brought him a very long way so far, and we know there is nothing you can’t do in Barend’s life as long as he’s open and willing to be obedient to your will. This I pray for him today in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

  • Barend says:

    Good afternoon Tom

    Thank you for that. I hope you understand what I am about to say. You comment makes sense but is also rather confusing. I know that I gave my heart to Jesus. I understand what you are saying about repentance but does the word also not tell you to repent with your miuth ans believe in your heart.

    This is what I am doing. I stay away from sin, I avoid places that is a temotation to me.

    I would be absolutely devistated if you now tell me t b at all the hardship regarding this was for nothing and that I am not saved and therefore going to hell.
    Just this afyernoon I read in 1Corrinthians 15 that if I believe that Cridt died for me on tje cross I will not die.

    is it not also said that Jesus is sitting with rhe father and plead for our forgivness even if ee do fall ftom time to time.
    Barend

  • Tom Tom says:

    Barend—
    Thanks for explaining those things.
    Based on what you’ve written, I believe the problem is likely that you have not repented of your sins and therefore have not been born again spiritually. While you are very sorry each time you give in to temptation, you have not become sorry enough to repent–to turn from doing those things. Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3,5).

    Let me explain repentance:
    The words “repent,” “repentance,” and “repented” are mentioned over 100 times in the Bible. When the word “repent” is used in the Word of God in the context of Biblical salvation, it is referring to a true change of heart and mind toward God about sin..
     
    Saving repentance is wrought in a person’s heart when they realize their awful, wretched sinfulness. They are humbled by godly sorrow (2 Cor. 7:9-10), thereby abhoring themself, and crying to God for pardon (Job 42:6). True repentance is basically three things:
     
    1. A change of mind (conviction) where sin is admitted. Man must see himself as a lost, ruined, guilty, desperately wicked sinner without hope or help, in danger of hell. In repentance, a lost sinner not only sees himself as a sinner, but he recognizes the fact that he has sinned against a righteous and holy God. The message that Paul preached was: “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). In repentance, there will be confession of sin to God (Psalm 32:5; 51:1-4).
     
    2. A change of feeling (contrition) where sin is abhorred. When one sees himself as he appears before God, he is brought to a place where there is godly sorrow for his sin and he hates it altogether. “For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Psa. 38:18); “For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of …” (2 Cor. 7:10).
     
    To hate sin is to love God. In true repentance, there is not only the desire to escape the consequences of sin, but to be rid of sin itself as a thing displeasing to God.
     
    3. A change of purpose (conversion) where sin is abandoned. Repentance involves the forsaking of sin. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon” (Isa. 55:7); “He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13).
     
    Repentance is not only a heart broken FOR sin, but also FROM sin. We must forsake what we would have God forgive.
     
    It should be stressed that it is not enough just to turn away from sin; one must also turn to God for salvation. “… to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins … Should repent and turn to God …” (Acts 26:18,20).
     
    In true repentance, there is conviction, contrition, and conversion as one turns from his sin to Christ for salvation. Salvation is deliverance of a person from his sin, not merely from a sinful environment. Jesus Christ is the Savior from not only the penalty and punishment of sin, but also the power of sin.

    So Barend, I encourage you to go humbly before God and repent. Then place all your faith in trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit of God will come to indwell you and to give you the power and ability to flea from the temptation to sin. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)

    When you truly surrender yourself to the Lord Jesus, you will no longer willfully disobey him. You will deny yourself and the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Then when you are tempted, you can turn your thoughts to the things of God. Philippians 4:8–A good verse to memorize and to call to mind as needed. Romans 12:1-2 are also great verses to memorize and voice when temptation comes.

    Please let me know how you’re doing.

  • ignacio ioanis says:

    Certain foods are not good for us.

    if we crave sweets is likely to be lack o certain minerals to complete release of energy.

    We truly crave intimacy and we chose substitutes that don’t deliver.
    Intimacy with God satisfies.
    With His Church, celebrating His guidance, His healing.
    Restoring the shine of our hearts to the pristine looks of Image and likeness of God.
    The Good News of the Logos among us, feeding a life of virtue leading yo the reentry to paradise, where the thief got to enter, before us, tearing the veil of the “nous” , the single eye of the heart” and with sincere desire of friendship and expressing repentance regret and corrective measures.
    The first step, recognize your piggy and disgusting worldly life, take your eyes away from the sinful tirrany that does bullying with temptations and trapping us in out weakness.

    and set eyes and heart in the right nutrition and company.

    Your heart, the nous, will tell.
    We never lose our power and will when we decide to do the right thing.
    To get stronger happier and healthier and holy.
    Is our choice. He has no power without our consent.

  • Barend says:

    Hi Tom

    I grew up in the church and always knew thst the day will come for me to make a choice between God and the world. I have lost most of my circle of friends through h.i.v. and wandered why I was the one that qas spared.

    then one day two years ago I reconected with a friend I have not seen for mm any years and apart from bieng a gay man he was also involved in the occult at the time. When we reconected he was a teansformed person

    He was saved and when he started telling me his story I realisrd this is the time for me. This was why I was speared this desease.

    we started praying together, I believe with ally heart that God send His only Son to die on the cross for my sins. I confessed my sins, and still I remember things that I have done all the time and I confess all the time. I was babtised by water.

    Barend

  • Tom Tom says:

    Barend-

    Would you please explain what you mean by “I gave my heart to Jesus 2 years ago.” What are the details?

  • Kym says:

    Barend, God sees your heart. He has definitely not ‘had it’ with you by any means. He sees your struggles and He has provided a means for your escape. There has been an open door for the spirit of perversion to torment you. Jesus wants to deliver you from your tormentor. The word of God is your weapon. Saturate your mind with the word. Get in the word daily. Meditate on the word day and night. It will transform you as it renews your mind. Jesus, the word will begin to rewire your thinking. When lust comes over you, rebuke it in Jesus name. Repent immediately. Resist the devil and he will flee. This is just a matter of being aggressive in your spiritual offensive. You will start to notice that even though you may fail occasionally, you begin to have small victories. Focus on those. If you succumb to lust one time less this week than you did last week, praise Him for giving you the victory. Remember His mercies are new every morning. Don’t fall into condemnation or you will lost hope and give up. Just ask Him to forgive you, repent, ask Him to help you do better the next time, and praise your God for His grace. Give yourself grace. I guarantee you, it will get easier. Temptation won’t have a hold on you the way it used to. Sometimes victory comes from complete deliverance. But generally it’s a process. It’s like a helix moving upward. It doesn’t move straight up but keeps going around and around. Every now and then, you’ll be thinking “I’ve been here before. Why am I dealing with this issue again. I thought I overcame that.” But the fact is, if you were to focus on the small victories, you would notice you are still continually moving upward. God loves you and He’s rooting for you right now. Grab hold of His goodness and love for you. Listen to the voice of the shepherd and follow His voice. You’re doing good! Keep going!

  • dream says:

    Barend… the guilt after is showing you that its not God’s will. You are not alone. Many christians struggle with it. If I get such a feelings I remember Gods word to live by Spirit and the we will not do desires of flesh. I reject evil and pray, thinking of other things. I try not to stay alone and think of other things. If I fall down, I repent and go forward in Jesus. Guard your eyes not to look to lustfull pictures or programs. Let other christians pray over you.
    Remind yourself that God sees you all the time that its harder to sin.

  • Barend says:

    Good morning all.

    I am struggling with the same thing but from the other side of the coin. I gave my heart to Jesus 2 years ago and now living a realy quiet life after I have a life of absolute debauchery. I was a gay man, now I see myself as a single man and I believe that God have a good reason for keeping me single. My problem is with lust of the flesh, I would walk around in my small town and suddenly the most powerfull feeling of lust will overcome me and I have to get home to masturbate, but the guilt feelings that comes after that is more powerfull. it seems to ber controlling my life and I have no idea how to handle this..I am praying that God will give me an answer, I feel like running away, but then I realize that there is temptation everywhere and no matter where I go it is not going to change. How do I controle it because I feel like God has had it with me, I ask for forgivness al the time but then I go and do the same thing again. I put on the full armour of God every morning, I anoint myhself as well, but it seems to come back stronger and stronger

  • Caesar peralta says:

    Hi Tom I been christian since last year I joined is the best experience I ever had god was changing things but yeah I have trouble with this satanic temptation my friend in school invite me to a house a peace and from there I started to feel god changing things but then at the same time always have trouble with this pornography and masturbation addiction I been to a retreat I got baptized but its been very difficult to deal with this satanic temptation so yeah its been hard so been a christian I believe its to have faith in the lord trusting the lord and do things that god loves right

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