DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How bad do you have to be before God wont forgive you, no matter how sincere you are or how much you ask him to? J.M.
By BILLY GRAHAM
Tribune Media Services
DEAR J.M.: No one can ever be so bad or so sinful that God will refuse to forgive him or her, not if he or she is sincerely sorry for those sins and repents of them and truly trusts Jesus Christ as his or her savior and Lord.
Think, for example, of the Apostle Peter, one of Jesus closest disciples. After Jesus arrest, Peter denied that he even knew him not once, but three times, and yet God forgave Peter when he repented and sought Christs forgiveness. Peter went on to become a great leader in the early church.
On the other hand, Judas another of Jesus 12 disciples was not forgiven for what he did. Youll remember that he betrayed Jesus by going to his enemies and promising to reveal where Jesus could be secretly seized by them. They paid 30 pieces of silver for his information, and Judas carried through on his promise, resulting in Jesus arrest and death.
Later, Judas bitterly regretted what he had done, but he never repented or turned to God, and he died unforgiven and lost.
I cant help but wonder, however, why youve asked this question. Are you afraid your sins are so great that God will never forgive you? If so, I have good news for you! God loves you, and Jesus Christ gave his life for you.
Dont stay away from him any longer, but open your heart and life to him today. Gods promise is for you: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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