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

  • Israel says:

    Thanks Tom I appreciate it and I don’t really have friends from a real Christian background but it doesn’t bother me and no I’m not part of church because there are some issues goin on inside the churches I use to go to not saying that church is bad but I feel like I need a real church you know ? And god is truly amazing and I know he will help thanks for getting back to me I guess what I have to do now is tell my friends about my belief thanks Tom

  • Tom Tom says:

    Cody—
    Sorry for the delay in responding. There was a server issue.

    I’m nearly three times your age, and frankly, I wouldn’t want to be 22 again. Too many hassles and challenges!

    I think it would be extremely wise of you to really be seeking the Lord now rather than later (as you say you desire to do.) Jesus was preaching in Matthew 6 and said, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

    While finding a job, a wife, and having kids are important considerations, without first knowing the Lord’s will for your life how will you know whom to marry and what job to take? Since God has the best plan, why not prioritize your relationship with him and let him take care of the other things? I can guarantee you that you’ll never regret putting him first.

    Remember—you’re saved by grace alone. Only those things you do in obedience to Jesus will have any lasting value. I do hope you’ll spend time each day in reading the Bible and in prayer. I also hope you’ll find a good Bible-believing/teaching church where you can be nurtured in the Word and be used by God. Keep in touch, and many blessings on you as you look to the Lord for all good things.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Israel–
    Sorry for the delay in getting back. There was a problem with the server.

    You are correct that Jesus was God in human flesh. Of course, God is one God manifested in three person–Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. So even when God took on humanity, the Father was still in heaven.

    One of the quickest ways to get into trouble is to hang out with people who are not Christians. The world’s dirt rubs off on us quickly enough without our getting into the pig stye so-to-speak. Do you not have a church you can be part of? Are there not other believers with whom you form friendships?

    No matter how difficult it may seem, reading some of the Bible everyday is critical to your spiritual growth. Just as your body needs food every day, your spirit needs spiritual food every day. Read a little and meditate on what you read. Ask the Lord to show you his truths and seek his will each day. And of course you can always write here with questions and/or comments.

  • Cody Lewis says:

    Thanks Tom so much. I forgot to tell u that I went to a Christian school not a Catholic school even though I was baptized Catholic.Sorry for the confusion. But I know I’m being selfish and close minded in my walk w God sometimes, but I think I just need to rid of some difficult things in my life and forgive myself as well. I need to get out of sin and then make a proper conclusion. Because when I’m at work or something and my mind is focused I never get mad at God or anything! It’s only when things pop up out of the blue that just sucks that really gets me going. I know I can be better and I have before, it could just be life too. At 22 years of age I could just be going through a typical life crisis. When I get my job, and a wife and kids mabey, I prolly will start to think more what God wants me to do for the goodness of my family! But I want to start now, mabey it’s just a difficult time right now, but I’m going to try. Someone else’s imput was very helpful and I appreciate u taking the time to reply to me. Mabey God lead me here, mabey I just need to open my eyes a little and look at what I do have verses what I don’t have. Thanks bunches Tom, this really gave me a confidence booster!

  • Israel says:

    Thank you Tom I appreciate it and yes I do come from a Christian back ground my family in Brazil are believers when I was younger I believed in the supernatural as in god hope I’m putting this right but I believe in Jesus but I just didn’t know about sin the flesh jesus who he really was that child faith to say but just recently I really came to the realization that it is serious and I asked the lord Jesus to forgive me and I’m asking to get to know him it’s very difficult because we live in a very cold world everything around is cold but I just feel like I’m not doing good yesterday was my birthday and I drank I was with my friends and idk I felt really bad about it in the morning but I really do belive in Jesus and that he is the son of God well god in the flesh? Is this right? I haven’t really read the Bible I have a tough time reading but is this right for me ?

  • Tom Tom says:

    RSQ–

    While I agree with most of what JL had to write to you, I would suggest that unless you were already in the relationship with this new girl, it wouldn’t be appropriate to mention your indiscretion with the other woman. In any relationship, unless there is something in the past that would have a significant bearing on the new relationship, it’s better to put those things behind you. Can you imagine if every new relationship started with a long string of past failings? There would be no new relationships!!

    Hope you’ve learned a valuable lesson, though.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Israel—
    Thanks for your questions. You aren’t the only who struggles with these things at times.

    Let me start by asking what your spiritual background is. Did you have a Christian upbringing? Have you ever trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior?

    The negative thoughts you have and the denying of God when confronted with your beliefs are both indicators of the spiritual battle that is constantly going on in the world. Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood (in other words, people), but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (In other words, against Satan and his angels.)

    The ability to combat these spiritual forces is directly related to whether you are a follower of Christ. That’s why I asked the first few questions.

    I’ll stop here, Israel, to let you respond.

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