Have I sinned too badly to be forgiven?

Last updated on May 5, 2022


“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

Every sin is so bad that it deserves to be punished. No single sin is so bad that it can’t be forgiven.

We humans tend to distinguish between sins that are very bad and sins that are not too bad. This distinction makes sense in society, where punishment should be in proportion to the harm done. But for God, even the tiniest transgression leaves us guilty. He demands us to be perfectly holy as He is perfectly holy, and we all fall short there. Any sin we commit is serious enough to deserve eternal separation from God.

At the same time, even the biggest sin will be forgiven if we confess it. Jesus’ blood has power to cleanse us from anything we did wrong. The apostle Paul lists his own sins as an example: “Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy…” (1 Timothy 1:13). The Bible provides more examples of people who did things we might consider unforgivable, but when they wholeheartedly repented, the Lord forgave them.

Never think you have sinned too badly to be forgiven. Confess your sins to the Lord and ask for His mercy!

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