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By   •   February 22, 2013   •   Topics: ,

Q:

How bad do you have to be before God won't forgive you, no matter how sincere you are or how much you ask Him to


A:

No one can ever be so bad or so sinful that God will refuse to forgive him or her — not if they are sincerely sorry for their sins and repent of them, and truly trust Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

Think, for example, of the Apostle Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples. After Jesus’ arrest, Peter denied that he even knew Him — not once, but three times — and yet God forgave Peter when he repented and sought Christ’s forgiveness. Peter went on to become a great leader in the early church.

On the other hand, Judas — another of Jesus’ 12 disciples — was not forgiven for what he did. You’ll remember that he betrayed Jesus by going to His enemies and promising to reveal where Jesus could be secretly seized by them. They paid 30 pieces of silver for his information, and Judas carried through on his promise — resulting in Jesus’ arrest and death. Later, Judas bitterly regretted what he had done — but he never repented or turned to God, and he died unforgiven and lost.

I can’t help but wonder, however, why you’ve asked this question. Are you afraid your sins are so great that God will never forgive you? If so, I have good news for you! God loves you, and Jesus Christ gave His life for you. Don’t stay away from Him any longer, but open your heart and life to Him today. God’s promise is for you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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32 Comments

  1. Terri says:

    I have read that there is an unpardonable sin of blasphemy of the Holy Ghost??

  2. Reb says:

    I have accepted Christ as Savior. However, I have a really bad habit of cutting remarks. I realize it when I do it and I feel badly and it almost makes me worse. I pray that the Lord will take this awful habit from me because it hurts my spouse.

  3. Kathie says:

    I just want to take a moment to Thank-You for being the incredible example that you have been! You are truly one of my biggest super hero's!! May God continue to bless you!Xo

  4. Jai Kumar says:

    Lord Jesus would have forgiven even Judas also.But he didnot come back.Lord Jesus said on the cross, Father forgive them they donot know what they are doing,and in John 6:37 says All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. We should learn to come to God immediately, immediately,immediately with repentance. Defenetely God will forgive us. Actually I am more worse than Judas Ischariot.

  5. Bianca says:

    I THANKGOD FOR A POWERFUL MAN LIKE U BILLY ,U ARE MIgHTY AND WORTHY TO BE APPRECIATED WITH THE Work of god that u do.U ARE A BLESsing to all .

  6. Antony says:

    What a revalatory passage, so great and helpful to a stubbon and doubting sinners.

  7. Martha says:

    if Judas regretted what he did would that not be his hheart and be forgiven. I know we all sin everyday and fall short.. what if you die before you repent would you be eternally seperated from God and be deniged heaven? thank you I am born again.

  8. KATHIE says:

    God knows the particular problem I'm dealing with that makes me uncertain of my Relationship with Him but I rather not tell the world.

  9. duke says:

    amen. This also assures us that God has put value in us to be worthy of His forgiveness though how sinful we may be. Lets go before His throne knowing that Christ is interceding for us always and He has faith in us that we will make it.

  10. Derrick says:

    Am a big sinner in kenya and i have this demon in me making me so sinfull in the part of adultry,am praying everytime to stop adultry.please can you pray with me