Q. Can you ever blow it so bad that God cannot—or will not—forgive you? -F.D., San Antonio
A. If you are like me, you certainly feel, at times, as though you have blown it that bad. It could have been anguish over a repeated failure, where you suspect the cumulative effect of your sin has worn God out. Or it could have been a failure so monstrous that its impact on others has a long-term and far-reaching impact. At some point, we feel our sin renders grace impotent, or that at least God has become indifferent to deal with us any longer.
Of course, such thinking comes from how sin really does impact us personally. Disoriented by our sin and failure, we evaluate the possibility of forgiveness by how we would respond if we were God. The truth is that God's love is so unfathomable, and His grace so relentless, that any sinful heart turned toward Him will always be met with His power and commitment to forgive and make new.
Look at what the psalmist wrote: "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered ... whose sin the Lord does not count against him" (Psalm 32:1-2, NIV).
Your sins (those instances where you've missed the mark) and your transgressions (those times when you've violated what you know to be right) are seeking to derail your life. But revel in the incredible provision of God's love to not keep score of your failure but to forgive and cover you.
And as you do, you might also recall the words of the wonderful old hymn by Annie J. Flint, "He Giveth More Grace": "His grace has no limits / His love has no measure / His power has no boundaries known unto man / For out of His infinite riches in Jesus / He giveth, and giveth and giveth again."
Come to Jesus in confidence that He can—and longs to—extend forgiveness and freedom to you.
Answered by: Dennis W. Easter, senior pastor of Portland Foursquare Church in Oregon. If you have a question for "Your Questions," contact us. Mention that it is for "Your Questions" consideration.