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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. Debbie says:

    Read Psalm 51 David repents before the Lord. He did try to hide sin at first but God cornered him. Repentance is to acknowledge the sin before God and have a changed mind. Jesus came to fully deal with our sin, go to Him; there is no other Savior.

  2. uche says:

    Jesus died for our sins and He is our advocate. Though we sin everyday, we should know that we have an advocate and intercessor who is always interceding for us. So we should have faith and believe dat our sins are always forgiven both the ones we remember to confess and the ones we dont remember because Jesus intercedes for us. But being conscious of this dosen't mean we should dwell in sin that His grace may abound…………xoxo

  3. Wally says:

    I think there are more than a few of us who have accepted Christ as our savior and have later fallen short of being (as we see it) worthy of His forgiveness. We fear for our security though we have repented and have sincerely changed.

  4. Donna says:

    Dear Paul, I used to be Baptist, and have been Cumberland Presbyterian for 33 years. We believe in “once saved, always saved” in both denominations, based on John 6:37. Read it and pray. I pray for you to find new joy and peace in Christ.

  5. Charles says:

    The unforgivable sin mentioned in the Bible is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. That is basically accrediting God's actions through the Holy Spirit as Satan's works. If a person does this, their heart is so hard they would never ask 4 forgiveness.

  6. Jeanie says:

    Can God forgive u if u committ suicide?

  7. Sherrie says:

    To Paul: God is encouraging you to come back home where you belong and to receive His forgiveness for the wrong choices you made in the past. He is not the accuser of the brethren. See Romans Chapter 8

  8. juneva namchie says:

    i want to stay close to God n leave all the bad things… please pray for me..

  9. paul says:

    I ACCEPTED CHRIST INTO MY HEART IN 91 BUT BACKSLID FOR YEARS.am i still Saved if i died today? nobody will tell me a straight answer.