Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. (James 5:16)
When we sin, we separate ourselves from God. This saddens Him. Why? Because God’s desire is for us to love Him by following His commandments, and for us to have a strong relationship with Him. With every sin, we distance ourselves. And oftentimes, when we continue to sin, furthering ourselves from Him, we wonder if we’ve sinned one too many sins for our Lord to take us back. Worse, when we sin the same sin over and over, we resolve to believe that God will eventually give up on us!
God will never give up on us if we never give up on Him. And He will always take us back! Even if we continue to sin the same sin over and over again…but there are conditions! Ready?
God will always forgive us if:
- We confess our sins. Confessing our sins is not a bad thing. It’s a way of owning them and then letting them go. Confession of sins differs among denominations. Catholics and Greek Orthodox churches offer the sacrament of reconciliation (confession), which incorporates the acts of confession, contrition, penance and forgiveness all to Christ through a priest. Protestants confess directly to God.
- We are sincerely sorry for our sins. Now you know a real sorry from a fake one, right? God knows our hearts and He’s not fooled by a fake sorry. If we are truly sincere, then God will never deny you forgiveness, just like you would never deny forgiveness to someone who is sincerely sorry for hurting you.
- We ask for forgiveness. We have to ask Him for forgiveness, not expect it.
- We have to repent. Repenting is not just saying, “I won’t do it again.” It’s an active decision that requires a change in lifestyle. Therefore, we have to avoid the people, places and things that cause us to sin.
- Never stop asking for forgiveness. God will never stop giving it if we never stop asking for it.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
There are some misconceptions about forgiveness that many Christians assume:
- Because we’re sinners, it’s expected that we will sin, and so it’s okay to sin. We all fall short, right?
- All sins will automatically be forgiven because Jesus died for those sins, so it’s okay to sin because technically they’re already forgiven.
Well, Jesus knows we’re capable of sin and likely to sin, but when He forgave the adulterous woman, He also told her not to sin again. So, it’s really not okay to sin. We are likely to sin again, and in many instances, we’re going to sin the same sin because some sins are harder to repent than others, such as sexual immorality or lying. But just because we “fall off the wagon” doesn’t mean we don’t have to get back on and try harder. Remember:
- Never give yourself permission to sin by saying that God will always forgive you.
- Never give up on confessing your sins and asking for forgiveness.
- Make a conscious effort to repent. You may find it helpful to read Is There Life After Sin?
So, yes! God will forgive you even for a sin you keep sinning, but your desire should be strong in wanting to repent and your actions productive in the avoidance of sinning that sin and others again.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Ladies, are you afraid that God won’t forgive you for sinning the same sin?