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

  • Jacob says:

    -Navin
    I have prayed for you. I have have the same struggle as you because we were born with a sinful nature. Ask God for forgiveness. Pray for help. And try to stop doing things that will cause you to sin.

  • Navin says:

    Pls pray for me

  • Navin says:

    Dear brother I am from India I always sin and can’t come out of it lot of sexual sin and addiction pls pray for me every time I sin and I want to confess then I fell did god really forgive me I wil be very disturbed did I got the real forgiveness. How to come out of this and fell the real love of Jesus in my life do I need to fast and do what.kindly help me n pray for me

  • Tom Tom says:

    Braxton–
    Thank you so much for sharing your marvelous prayer with us. Jesus Christ is truly amazing!!

    You’re always welcome to speak freely here. You’re among friends. Just promise that if we should ever write anything that hurts or offends you, you’ll let us know right away. We certainly won’t have meant it that way.

  • Jacob says:

    -Braxton
    That was beautiful.

  • Braxton says:

    I feel inspired, it just happened, I feel like The Holy Spirit is directing me to pray and share my prayer with you guys:

    Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you recognizing that I ma a sinner as well as those who have hurt me in the past. I come humbly asking for Your mercy for those people as You have taught us to do in Your Word. I also ask that the people here also remain friends to me even if I get to post an angry message once in a while, You know my situation and I hope they have the wisdom to understand it too. I ask for a spirit of compassion, mercy, mutual understanding, friendliness and peace to overtake us all and be there for each other. I also ask that many lost souls come to the feet of The Cross that they may become our brothers, we need You and we also need each other in these tough times. Thank you for listening in Jesus’ name, Amen. God bless

  • Jacob says:

    -Brenda Galli
    That’s awesome that you have found peace. God bless.

  • Brenda Galli says:

    Thank you for this post, it is everything to read and hear at this moment, I was caught in a very serious conversation with God about the very idea that I had asked too many times for forgiveness, there must be a limit that even God must put, but no, actually I really knew but refused to admit that God would always forgive me, I was stuck because I could not forgive myself. Thank you again and God Bless

  • Jacob says:

    -Everyone
    Pray For Gods help. And If you haven’t already received the Holy Spirit, that comes next. You can get Saved by praying to God to confess you are a sinner,that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins, asking The Holy Spirit to come into you, Pray for forgiveness, and make Jesus lord of your Life. Baptism follows that.

  • Jacob says:

    -Cassie
    Im glad you could find help!

  • Jacob says:

    -Braxton
    Pray to God for help. Forgive your friend who you got into an argument with. Apologize if you said or did anything wrong to him. maybe try to leave a voicemail if he wont answer the call. maybe try Christian Mingle? Dont worry many people have not been intimite with the other sex their whole life! Just pray for help with women, pray for your friend, pray for help with your emotional problems, Just pray. “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” 1 John (5:15)
    I have somewhat the same problems as you have described but i have prayed and things are getting a lot better! Remember God loves you! If you are saved Gods grace will come upon you. and when you said “Why does the devil have to be blamed for something God designed ?” That got me to think real well becuase its a good question. What i think the answer to that question is, is that God Created this world as a test to see who really loves him. God is Almighty! He knew the devil would turn against him even before the devil knew. God said this is Good and this is Bad and the devil chose to do eveil on purpose and now the devil torments people. Even when you are Saved the devil will try to still get bad thoughts into your head and to try to get you to do bad things. Its a Spiritual Battle. Try to do your best to ignore him and not t do what he is trying to get you to do. And you are right people struggle with Sexual disires but dont let that trip you up. Also dont let one friend ruin your whole Church experience maybe you can find new friends at church!
    Braxton like i said before you do have friends here! :D
    God loves you!
    Salvation is key!

  • Jacob says:

    -Darrell
    If you have been Born again you are good! Your sins are forgiven ! Pray for forgiveness and he will forgive and like i said if you do need to be saved pray the Prayer of Salvation to be Born a new creation.

  • Cassie says:

    Thank you so much for your help Tom,I pray and hope that by God’s grace I will do the things that are right and acceptable in God’s sight.keep up the good work

  • Tom Tom says:

    Braxton—
    I find it significant that with the problems you’ve had to live with, you’ve taken such a bold step as to tell us a little about some things that have challenged and hurt you deeply. You are to be praised for that! And I sure wouldn’t compare you to others by using the term “normal.” I think a more appropriate term would be “average.” And hey, who wants to be “average” anyway? Lol.

    I don’t know what the motives were of the person who told you some things about his view of your troubles, but I’d like to hope he was actually trying to help. Maybe he was like Job’s friends—trying to be of some help but not being very Christ-like, and not really thinking before speaking. I don’t know. But I do know that you have the choice whether to let what he said bring you down or to forgive him and move on. How about taking a queue from Jesus, choose to forgive him and maybe even pray for him? I’ve found it’s hard to stay angry with someone when you’re praying for them.

    As for having an intimate relationship, I think I can understand your desire and disappointment. God made us with sexual desires, but not everyone experiences that particular fulfillment. Consider the pr0phet Daniel who was taken captive to Babylon as a teenager, likely castrated by his captors, and yet was used mightily by God to speak to the people.

    It’s unfortunate but true that because we live in a broken, sin-cursed world, many people are born with physical and emotional problems that can dramatically affect their lives. And every person is born with a sin nature due to Adam’s disobedience in the Garden. And unless the Lord chooses to miraculously heal you, you’ll likely always carry some of your emotional problems with you. But God is completely capable of working in your life to make you a blessing to others, and to give you a real sense of worth and usefulness. Those things are a result of your belief and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and allowing him to have free reign in your life to do with you what he wants.

    Might I ask you to take another bold step and share what your spiritual beliefs are? Did you grow up in a church-going family, or are the things of God, Jesus, and the Bible a little unfamiliar to you?

  • Braxton says:

    Well, here it goes. We humans are sexual beings. In order to reproduce our race two humans of the opposite sex have to engage in intimate relationships. We are different than animals in that we do not necessarily use it to procreate but because of our lust.

    Now, I am a 31 yo. who suffers from emotional problems that inhibit me from obtaining what other ” normal ” people obtain easily and without a lot of effort. Don’t you think it’s hypocritical for a married man with a daughter to tell me that my sexual desires are from Satan to get me to long after ” worldly ” things ( especially coming from a man who is married with a daughter ), in other words it’s very easy to say to a blind man ” see ” just because we weren’t born with the misfortune of being blind, but how would that blind man feel at such cold, uncompassionate attitude ? Why does the devil have to be blamed for something God designed ? Then why doesn’t he look in the mirror and see a married man who has a daughter, was he influenced by Satan ? You get what I mean. I got SO angry at this person that needless to say our relationship as friends is now broken, he made me so angry for such a long time that I would call him constantly to demand that we understand each other and like the coward he is, he never replied, therefore making me more angry. I decided after that incident not to step into an evangelical church for the rest of my life. He knows he made a mistake and is avoiding me at all costs.

    I have been diagnosed with what they call ” schizo-affective disorder “, that means 50 % bipolar and 50 % schizophrenic, but undefined. I have never being able to marry and no, I haven’t been intimate with a woman in my life, something that I desire a lot.

    PLEASE NOTE: my health is at stake to the point that I don’t even know why I’m posting this at all, since I know it will affect me. I took Jacob’s words when he said ” You have friends here “, I certainly hope so. God bless.

  • Jacob says:

    -Braxton
    You have friends here. If you need help just ask and I will try to answer the best I can when I see the notification of your message.
    If you haven’t been saved already I recommend that. I posted earlier of the Prayer of Salvation.
    God bless.

  • Braxton says:

    I will have to gather courage for what I want to say. It makes me have palpitations and shortness of breath.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Braxton–
    You would certainly be welcome to ask questions on this blog, or if you want to talk with just one concerned individual privately, click on “Talk to a Mentor” at the top right of this page.

  • Braxton says:

    I suffer from anger outbursts. I have a lot of pain and rancor inside me, even though I regularly pray and I finished reading the book of Psalms. I first heard of The Gospel back in 2002, I was 17. I don’t have any friends, I am not a social person, I take medication to treat my psychiatric condition. I need help. I would like to ask if I could be more open and talk about other things here, may God bless you, thanks.

  • Jacob says:

    -Britt
    Yes,God will forgive you.(This is a similar message. However, this one allows for me to see a response via email.)

  • Jacob says:

    -Israel Dos santos
    – Everyone(the Salvation part)
    That is awesome that you are stoping. If you haven’t already received the Holy Spirit, that comes next. You can get Saved by praying to God to confess you are a sinner,that Jesus died on the Cross for your sins, asking The Holy Spirit to come into you, Pray for forgiveness, and make Jesus lord of your Life. Baptism follows that.

  • Jacob says:

    -Britt
    Yes,God will forgive you.

  • Tom Tom says:

    If one is saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting in him alone, then all of your sins–past, present, and future–have been forgiven. In fact, it is not necessary to “ask forgiveness” for a sin ever again. They’ve ALL been forgiven! However, it is necessary to “confess” any new sins in order to keep a good FELLOWSHIP with God. Your RELATIONSHIP with him has already been sealed.

  • Jon Koegle says:

    Britt –

    I know God wants a relationship w/ us and I appreciate your openness and honesty. I’ve learned that it’s best to talk w/ God and ask for His forgiveness upon each sin that does come to heart and not just throw a big ball at Him – :) I know he will forgive you, for He is a loving Father – just be real and confess this to Him, being humble and open to receive – for burdens will be lifted and peace will come – confirmation from the Holy Spirit – AMEN!

  • Britt says:

    When I was a young girl probably around 11 I kissed a girl.. kind of experimented and of coarse I didn’t think anything of it until I became a christian then I was so young and immature and she was older I didn’t really know how bad it was until later… I just want to know if I’ll be forgiven for that when I’ve asked to be saved and my sins be forgiven.. is that part of it?

  • Darrell says:

    I had some sins but I prayed to god that I would like to go up there with him god when I die not hell I wanna go to heaven and the name of Jesus I love u god so much

  • Tom Tom says:

    Eileen–
    I have good new and bad news for you.

    The good news is that Jesus Christ died and was raised from the dead to be the ONLY intermediary you’ll ever need between you and God. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.(1 Timothy 2:5). So you no longer have to go to a priest and tell him your sins. There is absolutely nothing he can do for you. He’s been replaced (2,000 years ago) by Jesus Christ! You need only to humbly talk to Jesus and confess your sins to him. He died to pay for all the sins you have ever, or will ever commit.

    Now for the bad news: Unless you have been born again spiritually (See John 3:3ff), you have not accepted Jesus’ death payment for yourself and you are not personally forgiven of any of your sins. You must become a child of God (John 1:12) by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (who he was and what he did) and placing your trust in him ALONE for salvation. When you do, you will be born again spiritually, the Holy Spirit of God will come to live within you, and the payment Jesus made for your sins will be credited to you. Those who believe in Jesus PLUS the teachings of the church about having to do certain other things to be saved (such as going to mass) will not be forgiven. It is Jesus alone who will save you.

  • Eileen says:

    I’ve missed mass cause of laziness. I’m planning on gng to confession but will god stop helping me in my life till I go to confession

  • Israel Dos santos says:

    I smoke weed and cigarettes and sometimes it is a problem I am over coming it now but I still smoke cigarettes daily

  • Chris says:

    cassie…feel free to share what sins you are struggling with so we can find some definite solutions for you. blessings!!

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