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Can God forgive you if you know itís wrong to have sex but choose to have sex anyway?


Can God forgive you if you know itís wrong to have sex but choose to have sex anyway? Iíve been thinking about this lately.óWondering

Tiffany Answers:

Dear Wondering,

The amazing thing about the sacrifice Jesus  made for us on the cross is that every truly repentant person who humbly comes before God can have their sins completely wiped away.  Romans 5:8-11 discusses how Christ’s blood justifies us, and how we don’t have to face the destiny our grandparents, Adam and Eve, chose when they decided to munch on that piece of fruit.

God can forgive any sin, but salvation is more than just using God’s grace as a get-out-of-jail-free card. Let’s say you have a friend who is smart and wise, and gives really good advice. This friend also has a generous heart and is willing to move heaven and earth for you.

Knowing this, you start taking advantage of that friend. As you use your friend, you totally disregard the things that led you to that friend in the first place. What’s going to be the outcome of the friendship? Eventually, you may see the error of your ways and plead for your friend’s forgiveness. Or, through your actions, you may degrade the friendship so badly that you don’t even care about it or care about restoring it.

When Christ came down to earth, His mission was to give us a more abundant life (John 10:10). The truth is that sin, no matter how tantalizing and appealing, will eventually lead to our destruction (Romans 6:23). God doesn’t arbitrarily set up His laws. Everything God tells us not to do is for our own good. He knows that certain things are going to cause us pain and heartache. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we no longer have to be slaves to those sins (Romans 6:5-7). He lives in us and gives us power to be overcomers when we accept Him.

Paul explains in Romans 6:19: “Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness” (NIV).* By accepting Christ into our lives and accepting the gift of salvation, our goal should be to become more and more like Him. And the closer we get to God, the more sin is going to look unappetizing.Why? Because you know it’ll drive a wedge between you and your Friend, who has shown you a better way to live.

The occasions when we’ve messed up, if we come back to God,  He will forgive us. That’s the marvelous thing about His grace. But the scars from our sins remain, and they may run very deep and even prove to be obstacles in reconciling with God.
The brutal truth is that every time we put a wedge between ourselves and God, we run the risk of getting caught up in the sin and never coming back to Him, becoming completely oblivious to the fact that we need His forgiveness.

God loves you so incredibly much and wants to give you a more abundant life. However, it’s up to you to decide if you want to take Him up on it.

*Texts credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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