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

  • Lauren 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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