A Thought For Your Christian Journey:


Can Jesus Forgive Me Again?

1 John 1.9

Recently I received the following email:

 hello! mr. walter,

im sorry i didnt listen to you. i gave in to temptation again. i gave myself to my bf again. it seems jesus was never in my heart that's why i give in so easily. i don't know if i could stop what im doing and if i could change for the better.

 i feel my life is a mess and has no direction. ive been going to church and reading the bible lately but im still a sinner. i dont know if jesus could still forgive me.

 i dont know what to do anymore. i just hope that i wont get pregnant accidentally or have std.

 til here..

 thanks for listening...


Can Jesus Forgive Me Again?

 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Almost all New Christians will struggle with an old habitual sin that was a part of their life prior to accepting the Lord Jesus Christ.  They will wrestle with a continuing temptation to sin and they will also wrestle with the habit of their old sin.  Many will find victory in their struggle and will find God’s deliverance in the form of the strength to resist the temptation and keep themselves pure from the defilement of continuing sin.  Bur some will fall to their temptation and will commit the old sin that has so easily beset them in the past.

 There are two reasons that some will fail and fall back into their old sin: 

  1. There is always the possibility that they prayed a guided prayer, but did truly present themselves to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  These must simply ask themselves, “When I prayed the sinner’s prayer, did I do business with God?  Or did I pray the prayer for any other reason; for the person guiding me in the prayer, for personal physical gain, or anything else?”  This question should lead you to a sincerity check.  Why did you say the sinner’s prayer?  If you were not sincere toward God then, you can correct that right now, pray the sinner’s prayer of repentance again, only this time talk only to God, and He will hear.  The Bible says,

 Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

The most important things here is that you be certain that you are Born Again, and the New Birth is based on God’s Word and your response to what God has said; not upon your feelings, or failures.  God has said,

 Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

  1. A Second Possibility - You know that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, but you, in a moment of human weakness, stumbled and sinned.  Some things that will help you to know that the Holy Spirit is in you even after you have fallen to a sin include:

    1. A Deep Sense of Conviction.  You will feel the despair of having let your Heavenly Father down again.  You may even respond as the prodigal son did in Luke 15.11-32, when he said to his father, “[I] am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants” (vs 19)[1]  But, just as the Father would not hear of such an abandonment from his son, neither will your Heavenly Father allow such to happen with you.  You became a child of God when you accepted Jesus (John 1.12; Gal 4.4-7), and God will never leave you or disown you (Heb 13.5).  Rest assured you are safe and secure in the hand of your Heavenly Father (John 10.29-30; Isaiah 49.16).  The fact that you feel so bad following your failure and sin is an indication of the work of the Holy Spirit with in you.  Now, you must respond properly to the touch of God in your life.  So, on to the next point.

    1. A Despair Over What To Do Next.  The problem faced by almost all new Christians is that they do not have enough knowledge to know what to do next.  They are new to this Christian thing and unless someone helps them they will fall again because they don’t know how to get back into a  right standing with God. 

So here’s what you need to do when you fall into sin as a Christian:

  • Confess Your Sin – The Bible says,

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Go to God in serious and heart felt prayer and ask Him to forgive you of your sin, and the Bible assures you that God will forgive you.  When you pray this prayer of confession don’t beat around the bush with God, name the sin and confess it.  But be careful,

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Sin is a serious thing with God.  Because of sin people are condemned to an eternity in Hell.  Because of sin, God’s precious Son, Jesus Christ, suffered and died (Isaiah 53).  Jesus paid the price required by your sin when He was beaten and crucified.  You need to take your sin as seriously as God does.

When you come to God, come with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and God will meet you there as your Heavenly Father.  The Bible Says,

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Not only do you need to confess your sin, but then:

  • Repent From Your Sin

Repentance means to turn away from your sin and to sincerely strive to never commit that sin again.  The Apostle Paul once had to write a letter to a Church that was struggling with a man caught up in sexual sin; you can read about this in 1 Corinthians 5.  That letter from Paul made that Church sorry unto repentance.  Paul wrote, 

2 Corinthians 7:8-9 8 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.

There is a great deal of difference between feeling sorry and sorrowing unto repentance.  If you feel sorry you will ask God to forgive you but you know in your mind that you fully intend to commit the sin again; this is not repentance, and this is like trampling the blood of Jesus under foot.  If you sorrow unto repentance it means you really mean business with God, and you really desire never to commit that sin again.

Now, about turning away from your sin.  When you do turn away from your sin it is important that replace your sin with something Godly.  If you just try to resist your sin you will struggle with the temptation and you will become so focused on the temptation that it becomes almost overbearing.  The best thing you could do with your temptation to sin is the replace it with something Godly.  For instance, every time you are tempted with this sin decide to memorize a Bible verse that will help you keep from sinning.  By doing this you get your mind off of the temptation and onto God’s Word.

  • Also, you must get away from the thing that is tempting you.  The Bible says,

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

An example of this is found in the Old Testament story of Joseph, who when tempted with sexual sin, ran away from the temptation for the sake of purity (Genesis 39).  Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are stronger than your temptation, instead follow God’s advice in the Bible and get away from those things that are tempting you.  If you are struggling with Alcohol, then don’t get around Alcohol.  If you are struggling with sexual sin then don’t get yourself into intimate situation; don’t kiss, hug, make out, and all that other stuff.  If you find you cannot resist your sexual passions then follow the Biblical mandate of 1 Corinthian 7.9, which states:

1 Corinthians 7:9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

In other words, find a Christian spouse, get married, and be faithful to your spouse for the rest of your natural life.  Sex is not bad in itself, God created sex to be a great thing between a man and his wife; but sex outside of marriage is sin no matter what, and must be avoided at all costs.

As a Born Again child of God you must Confess your sin and Repent of your sin; you must also:

  •  Resolve to Live In Righteousness

Live a life that is right with God.  You need to know that as a child of God, if you choose to live in presumptuous sin (rebellion), your Heavenly Father will chastise you.  Hebrews 12 points out that your Heavenly Father loves you too much to leave you in your sinful condition.  He will chastise you with the purpose of protecting you and correcting you.  Just as your natural parents chastised you because they love you. 

God’s chastisement can come in a number of forms.  The most obvious is a deep conviction concerning your sin.  God will prick your heart with His deep disappointment in your sin.  However, God’s children can face physical suffering and even death as a result of rebellion.  Concerning the fornicator in the Corinthian Church Paul wrote: 

1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

This does not mean that every time someone is sick or dying that it is because of their sin; there are many other reason for sickness and suffering, but sin is still a real cause of suffering in a Christian’s life.  No matter what, in the midst of your sin, and as a child of God, your Heavenly Father’s goal is to lovingly lead you to repentance and a right relationship with Him.  The truth of Hebrews 12 and sin in the life of a child of God is that a Born Again Christian’s will be miserable if he or she is living in sin. 

Hebrews 12 also points out that if you are living in blatant sin and are experiencing no form of chastisement by God, then you are not and never were a child of God, you only thought you were.  Hebrews 12.7-8 says, 

Hebrews 12:7-8 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

God will correct His children, but only because He loves them with the deepest kind of love. 

To walk as a child of God in deep spiritual fellowship and friendship with God is God’s goal for you and I as Born Again Christians.  God is not seated on his throne with a big paddle in His hand just waiting for you to mess up so He can correct you.  Instead, God is looking upon you with compassion in His heart, mercy in His hand, and love in His eye striving to pour an incredible life into you.  If your loving Heavenly Father tells you not to do something, it is not so He can deprive you of something, instead it is to protect you from the consequences of those sins.   

God has a wonderful life in store for you.  Your Heavenly Father wants you to experience an abounding life.  An abundant life is not event free.  At times you will face trials and temptations, but you will also experience great joy as well.  But in order for God to give you all that He wants to give you, you must learn to trust Him and walk with Him always and in everything. 

Life in Christ is worth Confessing, Repenting, and Resolving to surrender your life to Christ.



[1] "And" was changed to "I" for the sake of the continuity of the message given in this text.



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