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Q:

Does God forgive the sins we will commit in the future, or just those from our past? I became a Christian two years ago, and I worry about this.


A:

One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that Christ died to take away all our sins–not just part of them, but all of them: past, present, and future.

This is why you shouldn’t fear that you will lose your salvation every time you commit a sin. If that were the case, you and I would lose our salvation every day–because we sin every day. Even if our actions are pure, our thoughts often are not. And even if our actions and thoughts are pure, we still sin because of the good things we should be doing but fail to do.

Never forget: Your salvation does not depend on you and how good you are.

It depends solely on Christ and what He has already done for you through His death on the cross. The Bible says that Christ “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

Does that mean it doesn’t matter whether or not you sin? No, of course not. Sin is serious; it is an offense to God, and it breaks our fellowship with Him. Sin also compromises our witness for Christ. The Bible is clear: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

But you cannot live the Christian life in your own strength. You need God’s help–which is why He has given His Holy Spirit to you. When you sin, confess it immediately, and then seek the Holy Spirit’s help each day to live as you should.

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  1. Jean Lutz says:

    My son was five years old when he asked Jesus Christ to come into his heart. He went down the wrong road in his teens but kept “coming back to Jesus.” In his early teens, he was diagnosed with a dual diagnostic illness and then he also became severely addicted to drugs. He never did get “free’ of the monster drug addiction or slavery to prescription medications. He loved the Lord and tried to live the christian life but fell over and over. We both lamented that he never overcame the addictions and then he suddenly died. I am tormenting myself with “did he go to heaven even though he lost his battle with addiction.” He was forty years old. I miss him so much. I also am a christian. Please help me if you can. Thank you very much!

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jean,

      We are sorry to hear about your heartbreak over your son’s addiction and his passing. We have forwarded your email to our Christian Response Center, and someone will be in contact with you to pray and talk with you.

      God bless you.

      – The BGEA team

  2. JOHN D GIVENS says:

    I believe that when jesus died on the cross all our past and present sin was forgiven, and our future sins can be for given if we ask for forgiveness. because he died for us it give us the right to get forgiveness.

  3. Cynthia Boushie says:

    Wondering if a person who commits suicide can be forgiven. Such as praying that God forgive them for what they are about to do. Thank you and God richly bless you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Cynthia, this answer might help answer your question: http://billygraham.org/answer/is-suicide-the-unpardonable-sin/

      We have also passed on your comment to our team for a more in-depth response.