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Q:

How bad does a sin have to be before God won't forgive it? I admit this worries me, because I used to be a Christian, but somehow I drifted away from it and I know I'm not living the way I should.


A:

What you’re really asking is this: Is there any sin that is so terrible and repulsive to God that He will never forgive it, no matter how much we ask Him to?

The Bible’s answer is clear: No sin — and no sinner — is beyond hope. God’s grace is greater than all our sins, and no sin is beyond His ability to forgive. I think, for example, of Peter, who was one of Jesus’ closest disciples. And yet when Jesus was arrested, Peter publicly denied that he believed in Jesus or wanted anything to do with Him — and not just once, but three times. But when Peter repented and asked God to forgive him, He did.

Don’t misunderstand me, however. The Bible says that before we can be forgiven we must face our sins honestly, confessing them to God and repenting of them, and then trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness we need. Take comfort in God’s promise to you, and to everyone who truly repents of their sins and seeks God’s forgiveness: “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).

And this is what I pray you will do. Satan will try to convince you it’s too late for you to turn to Christ — but it’s not. Don’t leave God out of your life any longer, but come back to Him and discover the joy of being His child forever.

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13 Comments

  1. Jensen says:

    John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

  2. Carolyn Dodson says:

    Reading your subject on forgiveness and sin have help me to understand some things.

  3. Minister isaak bean says:

    See I used to think that all the time that I sin so much over and over that God will not forgive you but now as a minister in training I have leaned that not true God will always forgive you all you have to do is except Jesus as your personal lord and savior and confess that you have sinned and your forgivin in the name of Jesus Christ!!!!!

  4. Soterios bouchlas says:

    I just want to share that for many years I have not liked myself, even in Christ, I have had so many shortcomings that it kept me thinking that God won’t forgive me. He does though, Christ paid the price for both you and I. Now I must learn how to forgive myself!! Who am i to take away from what God has already accomplished!

  5. Doni nguyen says:

    Is worrying if god will forgive a certain sin a sin itself? If so would he forgive me?

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Doni,

      Here are Billy Graham’s answers to your questions.

      My Answer

      My Answer

  6. Rachel says:

    God is the one that draws us to him, why would he draw you if he didn't want to forgive you. He says no man will he cast out. I assume you are a christian, and I would not want a person who is trying to find god to read your comment and think its to late

  7. Rachel says:

    The bible talks and the tree and fruits as your heart and mouth. If your heart is bad you will speak slander against the holy spirit, but if you make the tree good, you will accept his witness.

  8. Rachel says:

    And convinces us our need for Christ, if you don't accept the holy spirits witness then you are cutting off salvation and therefore can't be forgiven. If you keep reading Jesus kept talking. He said if the tree is bad the fruit is bad.

  9. Rachel says:

    Blasphemy of the holy spirit means to not surrender your life to Jesus. When Jesus was on this earth he completely layer down his divinity, and moved through the power of the holy spirit. Today, the member of the godhead, the holy spirit convicts

  10. Will says:

    “The Bible's answer is clear: No sin — and no sinner — is beyond hope. God's grace is greater than all our sins, and no sin is beyond His ability to forgive.” That's not what Jesus taught us. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is unforgivable.