Will God forgive my repeated sinning?

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Do you struggle with a particular sin in your life? How many times will God keep forgiving you?

Many Christians find they make the same mistake repeatedly. This is especially so if you have years of bad habits to overcome. So if you find yourself constantly failing with the same sin, rest assured, you are not alone in this struggle.

The apostle Paul writes about the struggle between a mind which wants to serve God and a sinful nature which just keeps on sinning.  And he writes that Jesus Christ delivers him from this body of death (Romans 7, espescially verses 24-25). So Jesus’ blood is definitely powerful enough to wash away all your sin, even repeated sins. You are never beyond forgiveness.

But you must repent sincerely. The idea that God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7) basically means that God sees right through someone who is not repenting sincerely. Sometimes repeated sin can be an indication that the person hasn’t really repented and is only saying they repent. They aren't truly sorry and they don't really care. God is not fooled by that.

Repeated sin is a sign that you have a particular weakness to that sort of temptation - which we all have to varying degrees. For some it may be anger, for others it may be jealousy, or greed, or sexual sin, or something else. Continualy sinning in the same way should indciate that that is an area in which you need to work particularly hard not to sin.

If you are genuinely looking to work on your sinful behaviour or thoughts, here's some things that will help:

  • Pray that God will help you overcome the sin. Ask for God's spirit to help you live in line with him
  • Try to work out what situations, decisions, activities or friends lead you into this sin, and then take practical steps to avoid them
  • Tell a trusted Christian friend about the sin so they can pray with you and encourage you
  • If you fall back into sin, turn back to God, ask for forgiveness and then keep trying - remembering that a day will come when it will no longer be a problem

So, in short, God is always ready to forgive - but we must never become complacent about sin and think it doesn’t matter. Rather, we must do whatever we can to avoid temptation and deal with sin when it happens.

Originally published as a Q&A, with thanks to christianity.net.au

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    Damian

    Wow, that was really helpful. I’m not trying to mock or anything like that, but how does one repent? I mean, what if someone wants God and Christ to lead him/her in her/his life but doesn’t feel guilt for his/her sins, no matter how hard he/she tries? In that case, do we pray for feeling guilt so that we can repent or..?

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      Fervr

      Hi Damian - I don’t think you need to necessarily work on trying to ‘feel guilty’. Rather, I would suggest you start thinking more about what it means to be a sinner, and how much it cost God to save us from our sins. 

      When we start to understand just what a bad situation we are in because of our sin, we start to appreciate even more what God has done for us in Jesus. 

      We start to see our situation is hopeless. But God loved us so much, he sent his son to die for us, to take our punishment & give us a chance to have our sins forgiven.

      These articles are a good start: http://fervr.net/bible/big-christian-words-sin

      http://fervr.net/bible/thinking-about-sin

      Let us know if you have more questions/comments…

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    Sneha

    Praise God! thank you so much for this article. it was a great blessing to me. :)