Following are some thoughts on restitution. Should Christians pay restitution? How much is the right amount? What if I someone can’t possibly figure out who they’ve wronged or how much they owe?
In your situation, you have confessed your sin to your wife, but not all the details, and you lied about some of them. She has forgiven you and expressed her forgiveness in terms of covering even what she does not know. She does not wish to know more. You, however, are bothered by your lies and want to confess them to her, hoping the confession will give you peace.
God forgives all sin. Even deliberate sin. Right?
We’ve received so many inquiries on this over the years. People worry. And worry. And worry. For what?
God is not a God of worry. In fact, He tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:34; Luke 12:25; John 14:27). We need to place our hope in Him and trust that He’s got our best interests in mind.
But when we sin, we become disconnected from God (Isaiah 59:2). That distance, that separation–that’s what brings the fear. When we aren’t in tune with His spirit, we’re bound to feel stress.
I’m going to say what the article says. If God didn’t forgive purposeful sin, then none of us would have any hope. We’ve all done it. The pillars of our Christian faith–Peter, Paul, King David–they did it.
God forgives those who confess and forsake their sin. Period. That’s what the Bible says (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). Believe it.
We’ve received a lot of questions on this issue over the years. My summary of the entire conversation is this: if you’re seeking restoration, you probably haven’t committed the unpardonable sin. Forsake your sin and return to Him.
Not too terribly long ago (OK, it was a long time ago) someone sent in a question about remarriage and divorce. Following is Tim’s answer.
We’ve had this question before but here’s Tim’s quick response.
Sometimes, as Christians, we doubt. And sometimes our emotions can get the best of us. But we can manage our thoughts and it is our job to take our thoughts into captivity.
It’s easy to get sucked into an argument and try to convince the other side that you’re right. Believe me, it happens to me more than I’d like. But like Tim said, we do not find Jesus or the apostles getting into extended debates about theological matters.
Someone asked us what it takes to become a prayer warrior — to become spiritually strong.
Desiring to be effective in prayer and to be spiritually strong is the starting point. But desire without action is like a dream. It can inspire but it does not bring results.