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Q:

Does God ever give up on us? I wouldn't be surprised if He's given up on me because I can't count how many times I've told Him I'll live a better life, and then I forget all about it. He must be very disappointed in me.


A:

God doesn’t give up on us until we give up on Him. Only when we repeatedly turn our backs on Him and stubbornly refuse His offer of forgiveness will He finally let us go. The Bible warns, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).

Have you reached that point? No, you haven’t; if you had, you wouldn’t be writing me or worrying about your salvation. The person who is in the most danger spiritually is the one who doesn’t care about his or her spiritual state. Don’t let that ever become true of you!

But your question concerns me, nevertheless, because it suggests that you have misunderstood what God expects of you. Does God just want you to behave better? To put it another way, does God promise to reward you with eternal life if you’ll just try hard enough? Or does God want something else from you? The answer is “Yes”—God does want something else, and that “something” is for you to give your life to Jesus Christ.

You see, we are separated from God because of our sins, and our greatest need is to be forgiven and cleansed of them. This is why Jesus Christ came into the world. All your sins were placed on Him, and He died for you. Now God offers you salvation as a free gift—a gift Christ paid for with His blood. Repent of your sins and ask Christ to come into your life today.

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57 Comments

  1. Kay says:

    Thank you !

  2. DENNIS MRANGA says:

    Am impressed with the answer given because I also thought the same as the person who asked the question

  3. Penny says:

    I was saved 14 yrs. ago. I backslid a few years and rededicated my life 2 yrs. ago. I meant it. For the last year or so, I’ve had a deep spiritual battle. I’ve had periods of depression and anger easily. I pray and pray and things for a while get better only to get bad again. I search the scriptures, and ask for forgiveness. I want to shine Christ’s love to others but I fail Him miserably. I question my salvation a lot. Please help.

    1. BGEA says:

      Penny, even after accepting Christ, we still sin. We should always try NOT to sin, and seek His forgiveness when we do, but we’re imperfect and constantly require God’s mercy. This article on salvation may help, especially the second part of it about assurance of salvation: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/salvation/

      We have also passed on your comment so someone from our team can get in touch with you and encourage you.

  4. Kayleigh says:

    Plz reply soon. Ps I’m only 13

    1. BGEA says:

      Kayleigh, thanks for reaching out to us. We have passed on your comment to our team so we can respond to you as soon as possible.

  5. Kayleigh says:

    So I am struggling with a lot of things and messed repeatedly on this one thing that I keep telling God that I won’t do anymore. I now feel alone and that he left me. I don’t know what to do 😭😭

  6. Jerome Sorrell says:

    If God gives up on you should you keep on trying to get Godly sorrow and repent? Even if hopeless should you quit trying or spend the rest of your life seeking forgiveness? How do you know when no hope? Pain of not having God so much unbearable. Mind torments me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Jerome,

      If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ – trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family, and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

      Don’t trust your feelings; they come and go. Instead, trust Christ and what He has done for you by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. God promises that He will forgive and save all who come to Christ by faith.

      Also ask God to help you forgive yourself. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20). If God has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself?

      Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

      Thank God for His forgiveness – and then ask Him to free you from the past. And if it’s possible and applies to you, go back to those you hurt and let them know you regret what you did and you hope they’ll forgive you – just as Christ forgave you.

      For more on God’s forgiveness, click here: http://bit.ly/GF-GodsForgiveness.

      What if I can’t forgive others?

      Have you ever asked yourself what it’s costing you to keep carrying this burden of an unforgiving spirit? Think of the bitterness, anger, jealousy and hatred that are eating away at your soul because of your inability to forgive.

      One reason God wants us to forgive others is because of what an unforgiving spirit does to us (and to those around us). It hurts us emotionally and spiritually, and keeps us from becoming the people God wants us to be. It also cuts us off from God, and keeps us from experiencing His peace and joy in our lives. The Bible’s command is clear: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger … forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).

      How is it possible to forgive someone who has hurt you (and might not even want your forgiveness)? The first step is to turn to God for the forgiveness we need for our sins. We have offended God far more than anyone has ever offended us – and yet He still loves us and sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Turn to Christ in repentance and faith, and ask Him to come into your life and forgive you today.

      Then ask Him to take away your bitterness and help you forgive others the same way He has forgiven you – freely and fully. It won’t necessarily be easy, but with God’s help, it’s possible.

      My Answer

      God bless you!
      – BGEA Team

  7. David says:

    The issue of sin…being unable to shake it off and just piling up more and more sins makes me feel like God is surely upset. I’ve also heard and read that God wants us to live and act based on what we know rather than how we feel….Long story short, it’s hard to live like all is well and at the same time I won’t ask someone to tell me it’s OK to sin (it’s NOT)….This brings confusion and fear (Definitely NOT God’s character)….on and on this battle continues in my head….I think I need help.

    1. BGEA says:

      David, we have passed on your comment to our team so we can respond to you soon.

  8. ruth johnson says:

    I just don’t understand prayer it seem like I don’t change no matter how many times I ask GOD to change me from within. Help me