Do I Need To Ask For Forgiveness
I assaulted someone. Asked forgiveness, believe in the word of Christ. Is this all I need to do to be forgiven? Should I confront this person, tell them what I did? (Not sure if they know what I did) Does God require me to do this to be completely forgiven?
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Gina7 of course I am saying that God demands something from us that is not possible in this life, not to sin. He does not make us sinless in this life, and we cannot make ourselves sinless either. What God demands will always be perfection for He is perfect.
Of course God will not demand for us to sin a little if we want. He demands for us to not sin.
Gena, if you were sinless, which I know you are not, then you would have a case. But you don't have a case because you need Christ to keep you from falling all the way to hell just like everyone else. Before you can call others sinners, remove the log from your eye and keep yourself perfect and then you will be able to judge, and when you do juge you will sin for been prideful.
---MarkV. on 10/27/08|
If you have not believed in vain, then you are saved. Right? If you are saved, you are:
Eph 1:6 "accepted in the beloved"
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace,
[You have right now the forgiveness of sins, past, present, and future]
For the standards of this world you should repair the relationship with this person, and be a witness for Christ.
---Scott on 10/25/08|
God demands for us to be sinless, what else can He demand? that we sin a little and it would be alright? Not at all. He has to demand sinlessness from us because He hates sin. But is it possible for us to be sinless? Of course not.
Are you saying that God is demanding something of us that is impossible?
I believe that nothing is impossible for God.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" Phil 4:13
Through Christ God has given us ample provision for overcoming sin, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.(1 John 1:9) To cleanse us from unrighteousness, is to cleanse us from sin.
"Being made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness" Romans 6:18
---Gina7 on 10/25/08|
God does not ask for the impossible. He has given ample provision in Christ to overcome.
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne" Rev 3:21
"For this is the love of God that we keep his commandments,and his commandments are not grevious. For whatsover is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" 1 John 5:3,4
"But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life" Romans 6:22
---Gina7 on 10/25/08|
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manisfested to take away our sins, and and in him is no sin. Whoseover abideth in him sinneth not, whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceived you, he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil...
Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manisfest, and the children of the devil.
1 John 3: 3-9
---Gina7 on 10/25/08|
MarkV your post to Linda was just excellent!!! Very clear and understandable.
---mima on 10/23/08|
Linda G, you are correct. God demands for us to be sinless, what else can He demand? that we sin a little and it would be alright? Not at all. He has to demand sinlessness from us because He hates sin. But is it possible for us to be sinless? Of course not. Paul's message on the struggle with the flesh is so clear. Rom. 7:17-18,19,20-23 Paul speaks of himself. "it is no longer I who do it, but "sin that dwells in me" Paul sins do not flow from his new redeemed innermost self ("I") but from his unredeemed humanness, his flesh (in me"). Galatians 5:17. In me nothing good dwells" v. 18. The flesh serves as a base camp from which sin operates in the Christian life
---MarkV. on 10/22/08|
So, we are "obtaining" God's grace now? God forbid. Granted, it must be received but it has already been given because of Jesus. Romans 10:9 says that confession of Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead saves us. Let me ask a question. If you fall just a millimeter short of the glory today without even realizing it, how do you confess what you have not realized? Sure, you say, "By the conviction of the Holy Spirit", but don't you know that it is the goodness of God that leads one to repentance? His grace and His goodness go hand in hand.
---Linda_G. on 10/22/08|
If you are trusting in yourself, your own strength and ability to "get it all right", you will find grace unobtainable. For those who work and strive, the reward is not reckoned of grace but of debt. God doesn't owe you anything. He gives and He gives and He gives. Your responsibility is to receive what has already been given. It is available to all. He is the Savior of all men, especially of them that believe.
---Linda_G. on 10/22/08|
One thing about Duane is that he is very constant. Pretty much never changes his stand. I can't say the same for the other fella...
The "Repent Of Sin Or Go To Hell" blog makes that clear. Some people switch sides for their own purpose and glory... while always speaking of giving glory to God!
---Nana on 10/22/08|
Duane, that was a great reply to Rebecca. You are correct in that many don't believe they have been imputed with the righteousness of Christ. They still feel they have to do works or deeds to be worthy of their salvation, but no one is worthy of it. Even when we were lost and doing things we though were great, were really all sinful since Christ never got any glory. Without faith in Christ everything is sin.
I know what Rebecca worries about and that is that many will think that they can sin all they want if they believe that, but they forget the reason true Christians do not fall from grace completely is that is that God who graciously keeps us from falling completely.
---MarkV. on 10/21/08|
Grace is UNmerited favor. While we were yet sinners, HE died for us. If we have to ask for a gift, its not a gift. We as Christians are always forgiven, there is no in and out of forgiveness. We have become the righteousness of God through Christ. Consider yourself dead to sin. Sin has no power over you. Blessed is the man whos sins are NOT counted against him.
Rebecca, We are blessed, we have been made righteous. Jesus came to put sin away. Its finished.
Turn to Jesus Christ(repent)
---duane on 10/19/08|
I can see from reading your response that you dont believe that Jesus bore your sins 2000 yrs ago. Your still asking HIM for forgiveness of sin(HIS death) that HE said was finished long ago. HE wont die again.
Your still asking, which shows your unbelief in HIM.
Remember, HE died for all, now just believe on HIM.
---duane on 10/19/08|
Rebecca, God's grace comes to the person when he is lost. God reaches out to you and draws you to Himself while you are lost. He doesn't do that because you have repented or made any commitment. He began's the process through the Holy Spirit who brings light to His Word when the gospel is presented to you. He directs the path you take to make sure you are in the right place at the right time. You could have been in the deepest hole of your life, and it's because God permitted you to be there to bring you out. The heart has to be made humble first by God. On it's own the lost will not humble to Christ because they don't believe in Christ and are in bondage to sin. A place they cannot escape on their own.
---MarkV. on 10/19/08|
Rebecca, I know what you mean. However I find it difficult to believe that God would forever condemn anyone for one unrepented sin, if they died suddenly, when they had an overall pattern of obedience to God. I think that God looks with great mercy on the sinner, and he will have mercy on whoever he wishes, repented or unrepented. Some sins you cannot repent of, like suicide. I do not believe they automatically go to Hell. Not at all. The Holy Spirit justifies us for all our sins, past, present and future. This does not mean that all who think they are 'under the blood of Christ' actually are. Especially those who are deliberately spreading error. (I am not accusing anyone on this blog but thinking of someone I know.)
---frances008 on 10/18/08|
Duane: I agree that we are saved by grace through faith. But in order for a person to obtain God's grace they must first confess their sins to God and ask God to forgive them. This is where God's mercy comes in. I agree that only the blood saves a person. When God deals with a person's heart, he convictes them of the sins they are doing. They admit that they are sinners and confess to God the sins they have committed. Then they ask God with a true heart to forgive them. If a person sins and knows it after being born again, if they don't confess to God and ask God's forgiveness, that sin isn't under the blood. If I sin today, I must repent of that sin. It doens't go away by it self.
---Rebecca_D on 10/17/08|
Rebecca, you say to Duane that you are worried that others might believe the lie he gives, but I believe it is you who is making a big mistake by not knowing the state of the true Christian. Duane is correct that repentance does not save, grace through faith saves. There is nothing you can do to make yourself worthy of salvation.
The reason people repent is because repentance is a gift of God just as faith is. It comes from God and when you feel the conviction of the Spirit in your heart you repent. If the Spirit was not in you in the first place you would never repent. Those who overcome are the saved one's. What you are saying is a person gets salvation when he overcomes. Making his works the cause of his salvation.
---MarkV. on 10/17/08|
It is difficult to accept our failures. But we must confess them.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John
None of us are perfect and through Jesus' blood we are forgiven .. if we ask him into our heart and truly believe in Him.
Our relationship with our Heavenly Father doesn't just stop there we should live and breathe Him... Our good works will not take us to heaven that is true...but we must realize that we are not exempt from the sins of life and through our daily relationship with the Lord through prayer and reading our bible we build a stronger relationship with Him. We must be humble like Jesus was.
---Patty on 10/17/08|
I have just proclaimed the Gospel to you, its not a lie. We are saved by grace through faith. If we were to be saved through repenting of sin, there would be no one saved. Thats why we need the Cross, the reason for Jesus, HE took sin away.
Sin has been dealt with, now live by love and faith. Rest in HIM.
---duane on 10/16/08|
Duane: Go ahead and little in your own little word and ignore God's word. I have given scripture upon scripture stating that a person must confess their sins to God. No body has overcame sin, yet. Because in the bible it says those that overcome will not see the second death and our name will not be blot out of the book of life. There are many who will not endure til the end. When a Christian overcomes sin and the things of this world, they have endured til the end. I worry about people like you believing a lie, and worse spreading the lie so convert others into believing that lie as well. You will be responsible for every person you told this lie to, and double if they believe.
---Rebecca_D on 10/16/08|
Like always, duane assumes and presumes too much:
John 5:14: "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." But please do carry on. Would not want you to get out of character...
---Nana on 10/15/08|
If your in darkness, your not saved. As a Christian you already have been made righteous. Christians need not confess sin to be made righteous...We are already the righteousness of God through Christ.
The problem with some Christians is they are still trying to overcome sin through human effort. They havent truely repented. (Turned to Christ) He became sin for you.
Its finished, believe it and set yourself free. No Human has ever turned from sin(all have sinned) BUT you can turn to Jesus Christ. HE takes sin away.
---duane on 10/15/08|
Duane: Because if my sin isn't under the blood by God's forgiveness then I won't make it into heaven. Acts 8:21-22 says repent of your wickedness and pray to God that your sins may be forgiven. Also in Acts 26:18 says open up ones eyes to turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan that they may receive forgiveness of sins. Meaning a person must ask God to forgive them of the sins they committed then convert over to Christ. 1 John 1:9 says IF we confess our sins, he is just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I have faith that my sins are forgiven and under the blood. But I had to confess my sins unto God. Why do you suppose you don't have to? What makes you exempt from repenting?
---Rebecca_D on 10/14/08|
Why would you SEEK forgiveness of sin to enter heaven? You are either forgiven or not. Do you believe in the finished work of the Cross? Without the shedding of blood, there is NO forgiveness of sin. We will enter into heaven through Christ alone, NOT asking to be forgiven of sin. We ARE forgiven. Where is your faith??? I hope its not in your asking.(flesh)
---duane on 10/14/08|
Duane: In order for a person to enter into the Kingdom of heaven, they must first seek forgiveness from God. When one asks Christ to forgive them of their sins, he removes the guilt of the sins they committed and the liability to eternal wrath on account of it. 1 John 1 6-9. The sinner is by this act of grace forever freed from the guilt and penalty of their sins. Psalms 130:4, Mark 2:5. God requires us to confess and ask for forgiveness from our sins. Hosea 5:15, Proverbs 28:13. Prayer for forgiveness: 2 Samuel 24:10, Psalms 25:11, 32:5, 51:1-4, Jeremiah 14:7-20. Numbers 5:6-7 says one must confess their sins. I don't know where you get the idea that a person doesn't need to ask God to forgive them. That isn't God's teachings.
---Rebecca_D on 10/13/08|
I was NOT talking about asking people for forgiveness, I was talking about asking Gods forgiveness of sin.
---duane on 10/12/08|
To Whosoever has an ear to hear?
The Lord requires us to gain a heart to do the Will of the Father so we will always know that we are forgiven. God desires us to walk to the beat of such a heart so we will always be convicted of His Will for us in Life and receive/feel His forgiveness that He has always been giving. We'll desire to do way more than any man could ever suggest to us to do in any situation concerning any error in our ways.
God has always forgiven us, just like He has always Loved us. But for us to feel His forgiveness once again back in our heart after an error in our ways, calls for us to "ASK" for it and the heart that does the Will of the Father will do just that without hesitation!! (James 4:1-3)
---Shawn.M.T on 10/11/08|
Duane: A person can't be forgiven if not ask for forgiveness first. If someone has done me wrong, regardless how much it hurt me, I have to forgive that person or God won't forgive me. Matthew 5:22-24, 6:12-15. A person cannot have an ought against another and everything be fine between them and the Lord. Paul said it best, If I know to do good and I do it not, that is a sin. When God tells someone to do something, and they don't do it, God doesn't let that go. He chastises that person until they do that. It is in the Lord's prayer asking forgiveness. Luke 11:4. For you to say Christians don't need to ask for forgiveness is foolish. When Jesus told God to forgive them, he was meaning those whom crucified him, not the rest of us.
---Rebecca_D on 10/10/08|
If the person is aware of the sin you must go to him to make it right...if it is in your heart you must ask Gods forgiveness..If we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9.
- Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
---Patty on 10/10/08|
The way you have described it you have done what is required of you to be forgiven by God.If you are seeking forgiveness from the victim then obviously you would have to ask them for forgivness.Asking God for forgivness is only half of it though,you must turn from the sin and do your best not to repeat it.Some folks think that God is some kind of Pez dispenser of forgivness.They think they can sin and sin and as long as they ask for Gods forgivness they are ok,they forget the part of repentence that tells them to turn from the sin and not commit it again.
---ron on 10/10/08|
duane: "Christians need NOT ask forgiveness. Christians are already forgiven, if not, there is no salvation.
To say we are saved, is to say we are forgiven."
If you truly believe that, you are a very weak Christian indeed. There is a huge difference between asking God for forgiveness and asking a person to forgive you. If you have a burden on your heart about something, a person should always ask for forgiveness. When someone bumps into you doesn't that person ask for forgiveness? If not, you are not abiding by the second commandment Jesus spoke of.
---Steveng on 10/9/08|
Christians need NOT ask forgiveness. Christians are already forgiven, if not, there is no salvation.
To say we are saved, is to say we are forgiven.
---duane on 10/9/08|
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
---scripture on 10/9/08|
This is sketchy. Did you have something over your head to disguise yourself? When you say assault, did you take a club to someone in the dark? Robbery, or, and I dread to think, a woman. Not caught, yes?
The Holy Spirit is convicting you. You need to repent, the details are vague. I understand, if that's all you feel free to share on the internet.
---anonymous on 11/29/07|
Please allow me to expound upon my last post. The only other requirements for forgiveness are a recognition & acknowledgment of your error or offense, along with a sincere change of mind brought about thru an embracing of the truth & godly sorrow, that revealed them & led you to that repentance. There must also be a genuine forgiveness within you for the intentional offenses or errors of others that has directed towards you. You have forgiven or been forgiven when the offense is mentioned no more.
---Josef on 2/3/07|
Apparently you have arrived at the altar of God to offer the sacrifice of praise & thanksgiving for having been forgiven & are being convicted of an unresolved offense. This is the Fathers word to you "If thou bring thy gift to the altar: and there remember that thy brother hath ought (anything) against thee: Leave you gift before the altar, and go thy way: First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Follow the lead of His Spirit.
---josef on 2/1/07|
This is too vague of a question to give proper advise other than from the Word of God. My question to you and the others on this blog, how can it be an assault if the other person doesn't know it was an assault??
---Pat on 2/1/07|
A strange kind of assault if you think the victim does not know about it!
If you just assaulted them in your own mind ... it would be wrong to tell them about it, since that would be a real assault on their mind.
Someone has since asked a question which seems to be on a similar subject
---alanUKquent64534 on 2/1/07|
Confront the person. Just remember, getting forgiveness from God is easy - getting forgiveness from another person may not be so easy. You also must be prepared to pay the consequences of your sin, (assault in this case). The person could bring charges against you, or sue you, etc.
But, you SHOULD confront them.
---wivv on 1/30/07|
Yep! Just because you ask forgiveness does not mean you don't have to pay the penalty. A "real" man would admit to his guilt, ask forgivenness, and pay the penalty.
---Susie on 1/30/07|
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** YES! You need to ask forgiveness of the person you assaulted. That would be the Christian thing to do.**
As well as taking the legal and civil consequences of your action.
---Jack on 1/29/07|
If you have gone to them and asked forgiveness and as far as they are concerned everything is ok then you have done your part. If the person doesn't know what you did and isn't asking, just leave it be. Offering up all the details will just cause more hurt to them. Think about them. Are they ok? And of course, ask God to forgive you also and help you not to do it again.
---john on 1/29/07|
YES! You need to ask forgiveness of the person you assaulted. That would be the Christian thing to do.
---Susie on 1/29/07|
You probably do need to make amends. If God convicts you. Mabe you don,t think that you did anything wrong, go and say i'm sorry. Takes alot of srrength. Remember also, truly forgiving of ones enemies is only for God's people.
---CATHERINE on 1/29/07|
As much as is possible, we are to make amends, for this your faith in action, and the 2nd Commandment called the Golden Rule: Matthew 7:12; James 1:22; 2:8.
---Eloy on 1/29/07|
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---willow on 1/28/07|
Mat 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee;
Mat 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
The world may swallow you up, but the Lord stores up memories of his precious child wanting to please him. Which one's gonna last?
---Pharisee on 1/28/07|