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.


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

  • Elkay says:

    Mike, I am truly sorry to hear of your struggles with sexual practices but the good news is that you do see Satan, the father of lies, as behind your temptations.

    Victory is God’s will for the life of a believer. But sometimes we can find ourselves repeatedly falling into the same sin and wonder why we continue to fail? One reason is incomplete repentance. It is possible for us to experience grief, embarrassment, and shame over sin without being truly repentant. True repentance is a change of mind about sin so that we no longer hold on to our own perspective but instead agree with God’s viewpoint. When we do this, the heart turns in the opposite direction from persistent wrongdoing.

    The second reason for failure is an inadequate view of our true identity in the Lord. We, as completed children of God, have Christ living within to empower us. When we grasp this truth, we will recognize that sin does not fit who we are, and we’ll stop rationalizing our offenses. Our genuine repentance is based upon an honest and full understanding of our identity.

    When we put these two truths together, we create a powerful tool against Satan and temptation. Our Father wants us to be victorious, and we triumph over failure when we remember that Jesus Christ is the source of our lives.

    Mike, those thoughts are derived from an In Touch devotional but let me also suggest that you visit the Covenant Eyes website
    and sign up with an accountability partner who can help you overcome this addiction.

    Praying for you, Lord Jesus, Mike has confessed to looking at sexually suggestive and pornographic material for the purpose of sexual stimulation and masturbation. He has attempted to satisfy his lustful desires and polluted his body, soul and spirit. Please cleanse him from these sins and give him Your forgiveness. Lead him to renounce any satanic bonds in his life through the unrighteous use of his body and mind. Lord, help him to commit to the renewing of his mind and to thinking pure thoughts. Fill him with Your Holy Spirit so that he will no longer carry out the desires of the flesh. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  • kelli says:

    I have committed some of the same sins over and over again. I have committed some detestable ones as well. After salvation. Willingly. Will God forgive that?:(

  • Blessed Again says:

    This is for everyone:

    There is none who is perfect except Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
    For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    Let Him who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Even in our “right mind,” on occasion, we commit sin that we “intend” to subject:
    Whether on an enemy, or even on a loved one.

    Therefore, we are commanded to not take up these types of behavior over and over again, but learn to “change our mind.” This is only done by the reading of the Bible.

    No matter how much you “attend” church and expect the person preaching to be considered “your Bible reading,” this is not what you are commanded.
    YOU must be in account of your intake of “daily bread.” Because man cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the Father, found in the Bible.

    When God said, “Let US create man in OUR image,” this list of behavioral characteristics is what He meant.” In order for man to understand, He sent “His only begotten son,” to be that example of His character:
    The fruit of the spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. There are no laws against these characteristics that represent our Savior, Lord, and Example, Jesus Christ.

    The hardest wall for us to break through is Self-Control.
    Yes, we can ask the Lord to come into our hearts;
    Yes, we can say that we “love the Lord with all our hearts;”
    But unless, we “Take God at His Word,” we will remain stubborn, hard-hearted, judgmental, angry, bitter, jealous, lustful, impatient, greedy, and every other character that is (literally), “Against God.”

    As it is written, Abide in His Word and He Will Abide in Us.

    If you have never read the Bible and don’t know where to begin, here is something simple to follow:

    Read 1 chapter of Proverbs – According to the present date:
    November 22, 2015 – – Read Proverbs 22

    As strange as this sounds, this is exactly how I began in 1998.
    What God did for me: As long as I continued to read (even without understanding what I was reading), God began to open up my understanding. With understanding, came knowledge. Growing in knowledge, I grew wisdom.

    All things that are given by God is ours to benefit, and freely give to others.
    As we are freely given His grace and mercy, give the same to another.

    Love to all.
    I remain, Blessed Again

  • kelli says:

    Tom, I have sinned deliberately, does that mean I have committed the unpardonable sin?

  • Mike says:

    I am mike I have sin against God in many ways and also seeking for his mrrcy.I have a story to talk bout my self,I am a type that love s*x,I enjoy watching s*x movie and any time I watch it I feel like am the one doing doing it.and that what lead me to (MASTURBATE).And also I always pray to God for mercy and after some days the devil Mr Lucifer will com and tempt me to watch porn movie and when I want to do it something will tell me not to do it and another one will tell me go and do it and I will follow the one that say I should do it and I wrote an exam I asked God to make me pass my papers but the devil don’t want to see my success please brethren pray for life is in danger please pray for me!!

  • Chris says:

    christy….so sorry for your struggles but at the same time glad for your faith in jesus! Jesús has already paid for all of your sins so if you have received him as your lord and savior, follow 1 John 1.9 and confess your sins to jesus. then, do whatever is necessary to avoid them….be in a strong Christian church. have godly women pray over you. do some fasting as you can. seek jesus each morning in prayer and bible study. avoid people who cause you to be tempted to sin. for more help on being sure you are a true Christian log onto or click talk to a mentor above. i pray jesus bring you the peace and assurance you need to know you are truly one of his!

  • Christy says:

    Hello, everyone. Like anyone and everyone I have sinned. I lied, cheated, stole, committed inccets and I worry if god will forgive me for all of that. I come here to confess these horrible acts I have done to hopefully heal and forgive myself. And hope god forgives me as well. I want to walk into his path with Jesus an know that I put them both first. I don’t want to fall into temptations and do terrible things anymore. I really want to change. I pray for my brothers as well an family for all the bad things we have done and I’m here to just ask for forgiveness and mercy. I pray, and hope god knows my heart is for hi.

  • Chris says:

    margo…so sorry for all of the hardships you have experienced!….the problem we have today are so many people, even within ones family, not having natural affection for their own as mentioned in 2 Timothy chatper 3 of the new testament. God ask the question in isaiah 49.15 to 16 if a mother could ever forget her child and yet today that is what is happening in many families in name only! i encourage you with this, God is not a bad father as so many fathers are today. he loves you limitlessly and wants you to come to him so he can heal your life. for more information on how to receive your heavenly fathers great love for you log onto or click talk to a mentor above. i am praying now as you open your heart to jesus great love for you that you will experience what your earthly parents have never given you but what your heavnly fahter longs to give you always. blessings today!

  • Margo says:

    So if that’s the case how does one go to hell from sin? I’m scared, I’ve went through my life without any real love. All my memories I didn’t understand till I was older. My parents split because of me. My father never comes to see me because of that. My mother hates my imperfections, my family did anything possible to avoid me, and in response to ask of this I made horrible choices. I’ve always been alone and always hated for being me. Everything I’m doing is wrong, anything I say of wrong, I just want what everyone else does so I started to take it. I pushed everyone away and became bitter. I got friends through lying. I made my mom love me buy discarding everything I loved, had sexual temptations trying desperately to find love wherever I could. Things got worse. I lost my friend when they find out, and started to feel nothing and finding it really hard to react to what ppl said anymore. I can’t hardly feel anything. I found something that reminded me of hell in great detail. I never feared death or listing God until then. I always wanted to be rebaptized since I only was as a baby to show God I follow him because I want to, that I love him because I love him not because I was told to. When I did I felt happy for the first time in s long time but that fear of losing him lingered and still does. I remember everyone leaving. That’s all anyone did is leave if I die and find out he didn’t love me either, that would shatter me. I’ve done so much so if only have me to blame and I wouldn’t blame him but I don’t want that. I just want to be with him, I don’t want to live a life where no one loved me just to suffer more and have this pain doubled

  • Chris says:

    Jonathan…i regret to hear of your struggles but you should not condemn yourself since paul wrote in 1 corinthians 7 that it is better to marry tan to burn with passion. you see, we are created as sexual creatures. that is not wrong in itself. we simply need to allow God to bring us our mates to be able to express our sexuality in the right context and environment. since you are old enough to marry, i would suggest you asking jesus to bring you your wife. most of us have found ours in our churches although that may not be true always of course. i pray jesus bring you your freedom to know he loves you and understands you have normal sexual desires as he has created you that way and that you, in jesus timing and will, be open to receiving your mate in life. in his name amen!

  • dream says:

    Jonathan… God is on your side he understands our struggling. You are not alone. Many christians are struggling with this problem. I would recommend not to watch dirty movies, pictures and think about God’s word. If urge came to sin, don’t stay alone, tell evil to stop tempted you and pray with other christians. It’s a fight against flesh. God will help you. God design sex only for marriage and masturbation is like sex with yourself therefore it’s a sin and therefore you feel ashamed. You are destroying your future sex life which should be with your wife. Stay faithfull to your future wife and God and fight a good fight against fleshly sinful desires. We christians are fighting all our lives,we are in war against evil, this world and our fleshly sinful desires. Beat your fleshly sinful desires and realise that we are mostly spiritual people because our flesh will decay but spirit will live forever.

  • I have sinned a lot as a child and i will try to make a difference when i get older try to make the world a better place.

  • Jonathan says:

    Hello my brothers and sisters, I really have a big problem which I need understanding on, u know this is not a rehabilitation center is I’m deeply sorry if I crossed the line, first of all I am an addict..I have being a masturbating for years and Im 23 now.. Honestly before when I was a kid anytime I perform de act I didnt as much guilt… But as I got to know Christ… I get in de act and I feel soo much guilt. I always ask God for forgiveness and promise never to du it ever again, but then the feeling returns and I just give in to it…I have broken countless of promisses to God about that same act over and over…anytime I ask for forgiveness I feel He has touched me and den I’m free from de act but later I comes back even stronger and I can’t control it and I give in….this has happened to me countless of time…deep down within me I feel ashamed of myself and I feel like I’m always taking advantage of His mercies and grace…I know He loves me and I’m a disappointment in my own self cos i m always in dat same act but this time I’m just scared that He may get tired of me asking for forgiveness over that same act and eventually give up on me… I really want to stop this act..and I want Him closer to me more and more cos I need Him in my lead me and guide me to be a better person…. #ineedhelp…

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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

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  • 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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