Will God forgive me? That’s the question so many people have on their minds. We’ve all done bad things, and we all struggle with guilt and shame. But what does the Bible say about being forgiven? Is there a point at which we’ve done so many bad things that God will no longer forgive us?
One thing we need to understand is that God is our loving father. He cares for us and wants to have a relationship with us. He asks us to obey him because it will benefit us, not him. Most of all, we need to get it through our heads that God forgives us. He set up a way for us to be redeemed, and that way was giving his son to die for us.
To answer the question this article asks, we need to look at scripture. A good place to start is Romans 8:1-2, which tells us:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2 NIV)
I think that verse speaks for itself. God forgives us and we are washed clean when we make Jesus our Lord. So it’s clear that there’s nothing we can do to escape God’s love and forgiveness. This doesn’t mean we should keep sinning. There are verses that are clear about that as well. But it does mean that we shouldn’t fear being condemned by God.
Romans 9:9-10 instructs us to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our hearts that he was raised, and we will be saved. It really is that simple. We can’t be saved through works, because no one would hit the mark. We are all born with a sin nature and need God’s incredible grace to save us.
An analogy that really helped me was as follows. Lot’s of people have children that rebel, but that doesn’t make them not children. Even if we rebel from God, we are still his children. We will be forgiven of our sins if we take Jesus as Lord over our lives.