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Q:

I keep asking God to forgive me for something I did many years ago that I know was very wrong, but I don't think He has. Is He going to get tired of me because I keep begging for forgiveness? I still feel guilty over what I did, so I know He hasn't forgiven me yet.


A:

One of the devil’s most effective tricks is to get us to put our trust in our feelings instead of in God’s Word. But when we do that, the devil will deceive us every time by convincing us that God hasn’t really done what He promised to do.

Let me explain it this way. Suppose you bought a new house, and you went to the bank and took out a mortgage to pay for it. What would happen once you paid off the mortgage? The answer is simple: The bank would stamp “fully paid” on the mortgage, and you would now own the house.

Why, then, would you keep paying the bank? You wouldn’t — because the debt had already been paid, and you didn’t owe anything more. And yet this is what some people do when it comes to God. We owe Him an enormous debt we can never repay — a debt caused by our sin. But Jesus Christ paid the debt for us, by giving His life for us on the cross. And now, when we trust Him for the forgiveness we need, God stamps our debt “fully paid”!

Don’t doubt God’s promise of forgiveness. Instead, open your heart and life to Jesus Christ, and thank Him for forgiving you — not just for this sin, but for every sin you ever committed. God’s promise is for you: “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).

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11 Comments

  1. David says:

    I hate the devil…he is such a liar and must be shunned. Thank you for your counsel about trusting in feelings over the Word of God. Adam and Eve did the same thing!

  2. Brad says:

    GOD is so great!! He knows what I need to hear, and this is what he has brought me to hear. His love surpasses all understanding. I love my LORD, and pray that others will know true forgivneness.

  3. Clark says:

    Please read what I have to say. My Dear, God has forgiven you the first time you repented and ask for forgiveness. Just like God's spirit is in the world so is evil spirits. It is Satan who is causing you to not forgive yourself. Let go of it.

  4. Laura says:

    Thank You. I needed to read this. We can't put our trust in our feelings but in God, His Word, promises and character.By trusting in my feelings, I almost ruined my marriage. I choose to trust in the LORD.

  5. Kathy says:

    The devil condemns and causes continued guilt Jesus convicts us of sin, and offers a solution;to repent and turn away from that sin. Christ offers us encouragement and help–the devil condemns seeking to steal, rob and destroy our walk with God.

  6. Katy says:

    Thank you Dr. Graham, for your continued encouragement as well as an awesome lifetime of being the greatest of modern day examples of a Christian. Thank you again. May G-d bless you and keep you in the hollow of His Hand.

  7. Joe says:

    Another thing is that we have to forgive ourselves. The Devil can make it seem that God has not forgiven us, when the fact is that we have not accepted his full forgiveness and are still blaming ourselves.

  8. Sandy says:

    I felt the same way this boy did. I committed sin and kept asking for forgiveness from God and kept cry and crying and hurting terribly until I realized God had forgiven me but my problem was not forgiving myself.

  9. Art says:

    Grace means to give something good, even though we do not deserve it.Mercy means to take away something bad even though we deserve it. Forgiveness is a combination of these two words. Christian, someone ready to forgive. (Hence: To be Christlike).

  10. Peter says:

    Without the LORD nothing in my heart is possible .