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How often should we ask God to forgive us? Should we ask Him every day? I know we're supposed to trust Jesus for our forgiveness, and I have, but I'm not perfect.


A:

When we come to Christ, we have a new relationship with Him: Instead of being His enemies, we’re now His sons and daughters! The Bible says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).

This is a very precious truth – but it also helps us understand what happens when we sin. Think of your own family for a moment – perhaps the family you grew up in, or your family right now. What happens when someone in your family does something wrong? You know what happens: The closeness of your family is strained, and the fellowship between the wrongdoer and the rest of the family is broken. Only when they ask for forgiveness can the relationship be healed.

But when they do wrong, do they cease to be a member of that family? No, of course not. The fellowship may be broken – but not the relationship. No matter what they’ve done, they will always be a member of that family.

The same is true for us. If we have truly given our lives to Christ, we are now God’s children – and nothing will ever change that fact. But when we sin, our fellowship with God is broken – and that’s why we need to confess our sins to Him and seek His forgiveness without delay. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Make this your practice every day.

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57 Comments

  1. Stevens Olusola says:

    Thanks for the wonderful insight on receiving forgiveness from God.

  2. Edna Edwards says:

    This was very helpful to me, for I am a Christian who has fallen short all the time but I thank God that for His love that is so dear to me that He forgives me. I want to be a much better person and I truly believe that Jesus can change my life if I confess with my mouth that He is Lord and He is faithful and just to forgive me of all my sins. Thank you for your response to this individual. Their question and your response really touched home for me. I love you, Jesus!

  3. Mimi Ndlovu says:

    I believe that we should always humble ourselves before our Father and ask for forgiveness. Anyone saying we should not is reaching a wrong doctrine and such must be corrected.

  4. Nicholas says:

    God does not require us to beg and plead for forgiveness, or even to ask, only confess. According to 1 John 1:9, just confess. After I confess, I thank Him for mercy, grace and forgiveness. This I do each time I pray.

  5. Owusu Samuel says:

    The only thing I want in the world is to be more knowledgeable in knowing God so my faith will grow higher and higher to move mountains.

  6. Bright says:

    Please, one thing we should know is that Jesus’ death on the cross has set free from all our all sins meaning our past, present and future sins, no need for asking for forgiveness again.

    1. DJ says:

      Yes, God forgave all our sins when we confessed them to Him and accepted Christ as Savior.

      However, what happens if we succumb to temptation in the future? We still live in our fleshly bodies and there will be times when the latter will happen.

      Like the author wrote:

      Think of your own family for a moment – perhaps the family you grew up in, or your family right now. What happens when someone in your family does something wrong? You know what happens: The closeness of your family is strained, and the fellowship between the wrongdoer and the rest of the family is broken. Only when they ask for forgiveness can the relationship be healed.

      The key to 1 john 1:9 is restoring our relationship with Jesus Christ.

    2. Jericho says:

      You have to ask for forgiveness even though Jesus died for our past, present and future sins.

    3. Nathan says:

      Amen!