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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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109 Comments

  1. Tami says:

    A few years ago, I authorized the hospital to administer comfort care to my stepdad. I’m worried now that it was a sin. I’ve begged God to forgive me, that I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. I don’t know what people do in those tough situations.
    Thank you and God bless.

    1. Nessa_yaa says:

      The Bible says: They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9. At the time you thought it was the right thing to do. Your conscience was clear & you had good intentions. Since then you think differently. At this time I doubt you would give the same orders should a similar situation arise. Jesus said this “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” John 9:41. You didn’t “know better” at the time. You weren’t willfully disobeying which is the heart issue Jesus was driving at. But if you feel led to ask for forgiveness you can. Let it be a reminder of how big God’s mercy is- He is patient with us in our ignorance.

  2. jonathan mauller says:

    My little boy is important to me. can i redeem myself as a father later in life?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi, Jonathan. If you’d like to talk to someone from our team, you can connect with us by looking for the chat button on this page: https://peacewithgod.net/

  3. Matt says:

    The bible says that all sin, except the rejection of Christ, has already been forgiven for His sake. Being saved or born again is different than being forgiven. Nowhere does the Word require us to ask for forgiveness. However it does say that we are to forgive others as He has forgiven us. The thought we have to ask the Father means others have to ask us in order to forgive them. I got so much more you have never thought about that I can’t fit in this little box. Be blessed.

    1. Nessa_yaa says:

      Jesus taught us to pray to the Father “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” John speaking to believers says “IF we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9 Asking for forgiveness is addressed in scripture

    2. Miho Valle says:

      1 John 1:9-” If we confess our sins, he (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness “.

  4. Sandy russell says:

    I would like to hear more on sin and forgiveness because there is something that I keep doing and its not intentional but it happens over period of the evening.

  5. Ewelike Franklin says:

    Blessed to be a partaker.

  6. lhen isidro says:

    Hi. Can I get your email address so that I can email you? Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Ihen,

      Please use the link below to contact us.

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      Thanks!
      – BGEA Team

  7. 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. ItIsByFaith says:

      But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
      Romans 10:6‭-‬11 NIV

    3. ItIsByFaith says:

      If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
      Romans 10:9

    4. ItIsByFaith says:

      Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
      Romans 4:4‭-‬8 NIV
      -Gifts are given not earned
      -He justifies the UNGODLY
      -Sins NEVER counted against them

  8. 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.

    1. Nessa_yaa says:

      I agree with what you have said. His sacrifice is sufficient for ALL sins (past, present and future) but He calls us to repent, taught us to pray to the Father asking for forgiveness and in 1John 1:9 we see that John says, “IF we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

  9. 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.