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.


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

  • Marie says:

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  • Marie says:

    Ysabella, how have thought that God will be jealous to Jesus Christ? If you believe in God you also have to believe in Jesus Christ because He’s the only way, the truth and the life. Or let’s say, the ticket to enter to heaven is only by believing in Jesus Christ. Just read the bible verse John 3:16, Jesus is the Son of God. He sent His beloved Son to this earth 2000 years ago to redeemed our sins, to save us from second death(HELL). If you repented your sins and truly accept Him with all your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, you definitely have an access to live in heaven. :) Fear not, just believe. :)

  • Ysabella says:

    Hello good day I he a question I recently started having a relationship with God again I wanna say I really belive in him the Bible and jesus but when I hear that jesus is the Lord I feel not o feel he is t he son of God an that god might get jelouse if I follow him I don’t know what to do but I do belive he died on the cross for us I just don’t know what to belive was jesus God in flesh or what? Iam confussed. Also I feel big releaf when I repent all my sins but, Iam scared I won’t be in heaven I love God so much and I fear hell. Iam have commeted to much for my age I feel embarrassed to even wite it but, it involves almost all sins. .

  • Chris says:

    momo…by Reading the entire context of Matthew 12, we see that blaspheming the holy spirit as jesus himself described it would be seeing jesus do a miracle and then saying he did it by satans power so you see you are not guilty. call on jesus today for your sins to be forgiven. he is waiting even now. blessings!

  • Chris says:

    Marie…if you could send more details about the situation, it would really help in coaching your situation from a godly perspective. thanks!

  • Momo says:

    Im scared i blasphemed the Holy Spirit. 7 years ago, when i was in high school, i was angry at God and yelled at Him saying “F*** You God! U dont care about me, U dont love me. Ur evil, Ur the devil!” Now im so afraid God wont forgive me because i did what the pharisees did in calling Him evil and the devil, which is blaspheming the Holy Spirit and can never be forgiven.

  • Marie says:

    I have a question, so once you know you have forgiven by God and decided not to confess your sin to the person or family because it could definitely destroy their family, do you have to cut off the ties to them or it’s okay to keep in touch with them like nothing happened?

  • Sharon says:

    God will forgive all sin if we ask for HUS forgiveness and let HIM in our life

  • larry says:


  • Kingsley Christopher says:

    Sometimes I happen to hear from God, telling me what to teach people. But my sins stands as a block road to what God sent me. Another, I am struggling with worldly musics, and porno. I don’t know how hard it is to let Go, I also accepted Jesus some months ago, during that time of faithfulness everything work out just fine but now am just been killed by guilt. How can I get rid of this?. I need forgiveness and want to return to Jesus and do his great work of evangelism. Thank you

  • Tom Tom says:

    That depends entirely on whether you are a child of God via the new birth.

    Are you a born again Christian? Have you repented (turned from the sinful things of the world having understood how awful they are in God’s eyes) and put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the one who died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead? If so, then all of your sins have been paid for by Christ. Otherwise you are still in your sins and under God’s wrath because you have not turned to the Lord Jesus.

    If you’ve been born again, your union (relationship) with Jesus can never be broken. Your communion (fellowship) with him will be damaged until you confess your adultery to him.

  • Shirley says:

    I have committed adultery outside my marriage. I did it secretly no one knows but am really guilty of it and have been in prayers all the time. My question is has God forgiven me?

  • Cece says:

    Hopefully this helps with having a better understanding of this topic. God bless you

  • Chris says:

    brittany….1 John 5.11 to 13, John 5.22 to 23, romans 6.23 with romans 10.9 to 10 with John 4.10 and John 10.25 to 29 are key to know that when jesus saves us, he saves us forever! will a Christian sin after receiving jesus? most definitely but that is why 1 John 1.9 is in the bible, written to christians. yes, 1 John 2.1 is written but take that with 1 John 2.2 so that you can know that whatever ou go through, jesus is not leaving you. hebrews 13.8 if you are struggling with any certain sins and would like to talk about them and how to be free from them, feel free to do so. blessings!

  • Elkay says:

    Brittany, you are right on many points, most especially your first belief that God is 100% loving 100% of the time. He cannot not love because, by definition, He is love. 1 John 4:8 tells us this. Yes, Jesus died for all of our past, present and future sins and in receiving the wrath of our Father on the cross, Christ was able to make atonement for His followers, to set things right between fallen sinners and our holy God. And if you believe in Jesus as Lord then you will not perish but have eternal life because God sent Him that the world through Him might be saved. See John 3:15-16-17. In all of these matters, it is best to learn what God’s word, the Bible, teaches.

    There has been much confusion about blasphemy against the Spirit as being an unforgivable sin because it is a particular sin. It is better to think about this as Tom described on Aug 29 . . . . the source or root cause of this particular blasphemy is a “heart of malice, selfish preference of wrong over right and evil over good, and a willful refusal to believe the truth about Jesus. This sin is unpardonable simply because such a person is unwilling to travel the road that leads to pardon. The only sin that God is unable to forgive is the unwillingness to accept forgiveness.” And this is what makes blasphemy against the Spirit to be unforgivable.

    Brittany, I hope this helps and if you are still learning (as we all are and always will be too), you might want to begin a dialog with one of the trained and trusted mentors that are freely available to you by clicking on the button near the top right of this page. Alternately, please visit is to visit the website or another one, to grow closer to Christ and God. May God bless you as you grow.

  • Brittany says:

    If the god sent his son to die for us . and we beilve that Jesus is the only way to god . that he paid with his blood so we can be forgiven . did he die for all sin. If he did .he knew our past present and furure . if we can commit a sin that’s unforgiven. Did Jesus die in vain. I beilve when I was a child. And accepted him into my heart. When my pastor asked me. Brittany do you beilve Jesus is the only way.and if you accept him onto your heart today. That he died for your sin. That you will forgiven . what’s the point of asking him into our hearts In the first place . what I was told a lie. I beilve God loves us so much. He made a way to him again. I used to think God as a loveing God no matter what I commit on this earth . he will forgive me. ? Now starting to think god is not loveing and then turn from us. I just want yo know the truth.I know a sinner. I even don’t know what all my sins were . and what I will do before I die. How can a heavily father reject his child. About about that story of the father that took back his son even after what happend to him. I think don’t qoute me on this. I’m still learning.but what’s the point to follow god / his son Jesus if we fail.

  • Tom Tom says:

    You and others are always welcome to offer your input, so don’t feel limited.
    Here is a brief explanation of the passage to which you refer:

    What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?
    The word blasphemy (blasphemia), “impious and reproachful speech injurious to the divine majesty” (Thayer), in this context denotes an attitude of “defiant irreverence.” The scribes who accused Jesus were guilty of blaspheming the Holy Spirit because they defied the truth. They treated his miracles with something worse than indifference; they blasphemously attributed them to Satan. They were like those condemned by Isaiah the prophet (5:20): “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Philo thus commented that those who blaspheme against the divine and ascribe the origin of evil to God and not man can expect no forgiveness. By accusing Jesus of being in league with Satan when he was really acting through the power of the Holy Spirit, they had blasphemed the Spirit, hardening their hearts against the Spirit’s influence.

    Why is This an Unpardonable Sin?
    Jesus said that every other sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven. “And whoever shall speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him . . .” (Matt. 12:32). Christ referred to himself as the “Son of Man” to emphasize his humanity. To speak evil words against Jesus as a man working among men, though deplorable, was an evil that could be forgiven. The Son of Man in his earthly ministry was as liable to misunderstanding and ill treatment by others as any new messenger. When the source of evil speaking against Christ is ignorance, misconception, or ill-informed prejudice, then that blasphemy is as pardonable as any sin. Men could repent of their careless neglect of his work or their mistaken opposition to it, and when they did repent, they were forgiven. There are many examples in the New Testament of people who first opposed Jesus but later turned to accept him. Peter, perhaps through fear, denied Jesus in his hour of trial (Mark 14:71-72), but he found forgiveness, and when he was restored he was able to strengthen others (Luke 22:31-32). Paul marveled at the mercy extended to him even though he had been “a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor” (1 Tim.1: 12-16, emphasis mine, dwp). The apostle described himself as the “chief of sinners” to show, in fact, the perfect patience of Christ as the Savior of all.

    The person who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, how ever, places himself beyond the reach of forgiveness. This is true because the Holy Spirit is the agent in the revelation of divine truth (2 Sam. 23:2; John 15:26; 16:13; Eph. 6:17; 2 Pet. 1:21). It is only through the work of the Spirit that we come to know of God, our sins, the atonement provided through Christ, and our need for repentance and obedience. Blasphemy against the Spirit is unforgivable because its source is a heart of malice, selfish preference of wrong over right and evil over good, and a willful refusal to believe. The Pharisees had revealed that their hearts were evil, and Jesus called them a “brood of vipers” (Matt. 12:34). Such a perverse spirit consciously and deliberately rejects the truth and thus the salvation it brings. “Either in this age, or in the age to come” (Matt.12:32) simply means “never.” In Mark’s account, Jesus called it an “eternal sin” (3:29). As long as a person persists in this state, genuine repentance is impossible. There is no room in this person’s heart for penitence, which is a prerequisite for forgiveness. His sin is unpardonable simply because he is unwilling to travel the road that leads to pardon. The only sin that God is unable to forgive is the unwillingness to accept forgiveness.

    Mark’s use of the imperfect tense in 3:30, “because they were saying,” implies a continued rejection of the truth on the part of the scribes: they “kept on saying” that he had an unclean spirit. The continuous refusal to respond to the guidance of the Spirit of God as revealed in his word may eventually lead to a state of moral insensitivity. Grieving (Eph. 4:30), resisting (Acts 7:51), and quenching (1 Thess. 5:19) the Holy Spirit may lead one to become so calloused that he will not even hear the truth.

    There is such a thing as opposition to divine influence that is so persistent and deliberate, because of continual preference of darkness to light, that repentance, and therefore forgiveness become impossible. The Law of Moses made a distinction between sins committed unintentionally, for which atonement could be made, and sins committed in open defiance of God. The person who acts “defiantly . . .. is blaspheming the Lord . . ., has despised the word of the Lord and has broken his commandment . . ., shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be on him” (Num. 15:30-31). The Hebrews writer said it is impossible to renew to repentance those who crucify the Son of God afresh, placing themselves in a state of open repudiation of the only way of salvation (Heb. 6:4-6). For them “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (10:26f). They have sinned the sin “unto death” (1 John 5:16).

    The gospel is God’s power to salvation. But we must have an honest and good heart to receive it. “He who has ears, let him hear.”

  • Lee says:

    If anyone is worried about having had blasphemous thoughts, I would encourage them to read this link:

    I would also generally caution against seeking answers to major spiritual problems from strangers on an online forum. I think it’s probably not always bad, but sometimes the focus in the spiritual answers given is on providing “steps” without love, relationship, or grace. I do not believe that this is done in a malicious way. I think there are a lot of cases where people know what they need to do (eg “repent”), but it’s the “how” that gets people stuck. It is important to seek out wise, loving counsel. God Bless

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