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How Often Does God Forgive

After we are saved, become a Christian, fall back into deep sin, pray for forgiveness, then fall into the same sin again, pray for forgiveness again, then do the same thing again. How many times will God forgive us before He stops?

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 ---Whisper on 10/14/07
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(Matthew 18:21-22)Then Peter came to Him, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven." If we are to forgive our brother that many times, how many more times do you think God will forgive us?
---Angela on 10/17/07

Whisper, God forgives us everytime we sin, confess and repent with a sincere heart. We are going from dust to Glory, and God knows that we are weak at times. The one thing about falling into a sin over and over again is, if you have truly repented and turned away from that particular sin, you will not stay in that sin. The Prodical son did not stay in the pigpen, he returned to his father. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/16/07

Forgiveness comes when you repent.
Repenting one time is not carte blanche for an entire lifetime of sins. That's that OSAS language, everyone's heavenbound, commit as many sins as you like, it's all covered by your Carte Blanche credit card.
---Bob on 10/16/07

God forgives when you repent.
Now I know the OSAS believe no need to fear that you could possibly be led astray, you're covered. Commit adultery, check.
Hide it from your spouse, check check.
Pretend all is well, check.
Pretend God doesn't notice, check check.
---Bob on 10/16/07

Who and how many really believe in the work of the Cross? Seems like, not many.
---duane on 10/16/07

If there is a true heart of repentance God can forgive as many times as HE WILLS. Only He knows the heart of a Man and the level of temptation vs weakness of his flesh and spriitual walk. All things work together for good to those who LOVE God. If the person is not playing games and is a child of God there is no limit to Gods love.
---jody on 10/16/07

Mima, Amen brother!

I agree 70x7 = an infinite number. How many of us sin daily, hourly, or more often? How many of us think thoughts we shouldn't, or how many of us get mad at our brother or sister in Christ? How often do we say the wrong thing, or "stretch" the truth? etc.

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

Thank God for grace, mercy, and forgiveness!
---trey on 10/15/07

Of course it isn't too many times. It is once and once covers 70 x 7 because Jesus fulfilled the law by the offering of Himself. But now ONCE in the end of the world (what? the end of the world?) hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. I think it so interesting that it is "over and over and over again" when it comes to each of us individually but "not too many times" when it comes to others we may judge unfit for such grace. God help us.
---Linda on 10/15/07

It wouldn't be too many times. Because God will turn that person over to a reprobate mind. God is no one's door-mat. It is very dangerous to fall into the hands of a Living God. I would be afraid to treat God this way. God knows who has a sincere and humble heart and who just talks.
---Rebecca_D on 10/15/07

I was going to say, "Once" because of the death of Jesus but Duane pretty much gave God's sacrifice the appropriate lip service. Glory to His name.

Now I know that there are some folks who are going to say, "Well, Jesus said that if we don't forgive, God can't forgive us." Jesus was ministering under the law at that time and was putting forth an impossible situation. No man CAN forgive apart from the person of Christ and the work of the cross.
---Linda on 10/15/07

Anyone who tried to do so apart from imparted righteousness would find themselves back in that same state of unforgiveness and unable to be forgiven. The Word does tell us that the enemy would be caught in his own snare. The New Covenant tells us to forgive one another as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven (past tense) us.
---Linda on 10/15/07

Christians dont ask for forgiveness, we are forgiven. Please read scripture, We HAVE forgiveness of sin through Christ.
If your not a forgiven saint, then forget the Cross and salvation.
Sin is NOT imputed against us, We HAVE imputed righteousness.
---duane on 10/15/07

Deep sins I do not know. I know I have had to ask for forgiveness alot on the same sins. God, I know is faithful and just to forgive us. However, He expects us to change and GROW. Never use God's good grace thinking, well I can do this thing not to worry He will forgive me. [testing God, not smart]
---catherine on 10/15/07

70 X 7 was an expression that meant endless.

He is faithful even when we are faithless.
I'm not a OSAS accept that I don't believe you can lose your salvation, I do believe you can walk away from it, but as long as you're His. He is faithful to His chidren. Which one of you would cut off your child that was really sorry and continued to come back to you. How much more loving and merciful is your Heavenly Father?
---caleb on 10/15/07

If you believe that you're OSAS, the answer would be as many times as you want. There's not a cotton picking thing you could do to lose.
For those of us who do not believe in OSAS, repent means to turn away from. If you love The Father, The Lord Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will convict you of sin, how long until He stops - God decides.
How long does it take to be given over to a reprobate mind? God decides.
---Bob on 10/15/07

God knows if you care.

The way He forgives me is how He wants me also to forgive all people. I have been inexcusable, hypocritical, and unforgiving, and still He has forgiven me. He forgives me kindly, generously, warmly, and pleasantly, making me in the mood to forgive like this...praying this loving forgiveness to people, like Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." (in Luke 23:34) The much You give me is the much I am required to minister to others.
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/15/07

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God never stops forgiveing. His mercies are renewed day by day. The number he gave Peter was 70 times seven or 490 but in actuality I do not believe that is a literal number. Many people are always looking for symbolism in the Bible and I believe this number 70 times seven is symbolic of a unlimited number of times.
---Mima on 10/15/07

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