Question from a Site Viewer
I have sinned deliberately too many times and for a long time. Does God forgive intentional sins?
You say that your sins were deliberate. Does this make your sins somehow different than David’s sin with Bathsheba, or Manasseh’s sin, or the sin of the prodigal son? Were these not all deliberate sins? And how about Moses’ sin of striking the rock when God said to speak to it, or Adam’s sin in taking of the fruit in the garden, or Judah’s sin in having sex with a person he thought was a prostitute, or Samson’s sin in seeking to marry a Philistine, or Jacob’s sin in lying to his father, or Peter’s sin in denying Christ? And what about those of us who have sinned deliberately? Does the “our sins” of 1 John 1:9 exclude intentional sins? Is there no hope for murderers to repent, or liars, or covetous people, or adulterers?
God has a long history of forgiving intentional sins, even among those who have His Holy Spirit in their lives when they commit the sin. If willful or intentional sins cannot be forgiven, then none of us have any hope. We have all sinned willfully. For that reason, we all need mercy.
The will of God is that when we sin, we return to Christ and seek to follow Him more closely. God wants to redeem the world (that is us), not condemn the world. He is the Shepherd who comes looking for us and welcomes us back home. The devil, on the other hand, wants to accuse us, condemn us, and destroy us. We have to decide to whom we will listen.
Your deliberate sins were covered on the cross along with all of the other deliberate sins of the world, including mine. The call now is for us to be reconciled back to God. And He is the Father of us prodigal children. He warmly welcomes us home.
May you come to understand how deep is the Father’s love for you; how He does not condemn us; but rather how He calls us to return and live deeply and richly in Him.
My prayers are with you,