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The Bible and Forgiveness

Every single one of us is a sinner. According to Romans 3:32: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Because of our sinful nature, we will never earn the right to spend eternity with God in Heaven. We can never accumulate enough good works or do enough good deeds to overcome the sins we have committed. Earning Heaven is well beyond our abilities.

Fortunately, God provided us with a way out of this predicament. He sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sins. Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross so that we can spend eternity with God.

All that is required of us is faith. We must have faith in Jesus Christ and our sins will be forgiven. But, is there a limit to God’s generosity? Is there a maximum number of sins that God will forgive? Can we reach the point of no return? Matthew 8: 21 to 22 records a dialog between the Apostle Peter and Jesus. Peter asks Jesus how many times we are to forgive someone who has sinned against us? Peter suggests the number seven. Jesus responds with a strong No, seventy times seven. This does not suggest that the numerical limit is 490, but rather that we are to forgive others as many times necessary. There is no limit. If God expects us forgive others an infinite number of times, He will most certainly forgive us infinitely as well. God will never expect more out of us than He provides Himself.

But what about the severity of our sins? Are some of our sins too severe for God to forgive? No, God will forgive any sin. A perfect example is the crucifixion of Christ. As Jesus was dying on the Cross, one of his final statements was: Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. What could be more serious than torturing and killing the Savior? If Jesus is willing to forgive that grave transgression, there is no limit to the severity of any sin we may commit.

How can we take advantage of the great gift of forgiveness? All we need to do is the following: 1. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, 2. In prayer, ask God for forgiveness, 3. Thank God for forgiving us of our sins and 4. Forgive all who have sinned against us.

Follow these simple steps and you will have your sins forgiven. You will begin the greatest journey possible in your lifetime.