CAN ANYONE BE TOO SINFUL FOR GOD TO FORGIVE HIM?

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MARCH 11, 2024

TOPIC: CAN ANYONE BE TOO SINFUL FOR GOD TO FORGIVE HIM?

BY T. O. BANSO

As Manasseh suffered, he begged the Lord his God for help and humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. When Manasseh prayed, the Lord heard him and had pity on him. So the Lord let him return to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is the true God” (2 Chronicles 33:12-13 New Century Version).

One of the reasons some people have not come to God or given their lives to Jesus is the notion that they are too sinful to be saved. They believe that they have committed so much sin or some serious or abominable sins that God cannot forgive them. But the Bible never says anywhere that the amount or degree of someone’s sins will determine whether or not God will forgive him. The Bible never says if someone’s sin is severe or grave, God will not forgive him. The only unpardonable sin in the Bible is the sin against the Holy Spirit.

Jesus says in Mark 3:28-29, Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (New King James Version). As the Holman Christian Standard Bible puts it, anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit is guilty of an eternal sin. The sin against the Holy Spirit has been variously explained. It is a persistent and deliberate rejection of the work of the Holy Spirit in one’s life which makes it impossible for one to be saved because no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3b).

No sinner who desires God’s forgiveness should be afraid that the amount or gravity of his sins will disqualify him from receiving God’s mercy for forgiveness. God will not reject any sinner who repents and asks for forgiveness. Those who commit the unpardonable sin won’t ask for forgiveness or worry about whether God will forgive them. 1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Even if anyone’s sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; if they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool (Isaiah 1:18). Whenever there is genuine repentance, God forgives. Psalm 103:12 says as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins from us. When God forgives anyone’s iniquity, He remembers it no more (Jeremiah 31:34).

Can anyone be too sinful for God to forgive him? No. Manasseh was one of Judah’s wicked kings and reigned for 55 years, the longest reign by any king of Judah. He did so much evil even though his predecessor and father, Hezekiah, was a godly king. “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites” (2 Chronicles 33:2 New International Version).

Verses 3-6 tell us some of Manasseh’s evil deeds: He rebuilt the high places his father Hezekiah had demolished; he also erected altars to the Baals and made Asherah poles. He bowed down to all the starry hosts and worshiped them. He built altars in the temple of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, ‘My Name will remain in Jerusalem forever.’ In both courts of the temple of the Lord, he built altars to all the starry hosts. He sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced divination and witchcraft, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger” (New International Version). 

Manasseh promoted idolatry, going as far as putting in God’s temple the carved image he had made. As 2 Chronicles 33:9 says, Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

God visited His anger on him and Judah. He brought against them the army commanders of the king of Assyria who took Manasseh prisoner, put a hook in his nose, bound him with bronze shackles, and took him to Babylon. That was God’s justice. But God’s mercy saved Manasseh when he cried to Him. As Manasseh suffered, he begged the Lord his God for help and humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. When Manasseh prayed, the Lord heard him and had pity on him. So the Lord let him return to Jerusalem and to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord is the true God” (2 Chronicles 33:12-13 New Century Version). Manasseh was not too sinful for God to forgive him. He not only forgave him but also restored him to the throne. God is merciful.

As proof that Manasseh had truly repented, when he returned to his throne in Jerusalem, he did what was right having realized that God was God, and he was just a king. He tried to undo what he had done wrong. 2 Chronicles 33:14-17 says, Afterward he rebuilt the outer wall of the City of David, west of the Gihon spring in the valley, as far as the entrance of the Fish Gate and encircling the hill of Ophel; he also made it much higher. He stationed military commanders in all the fortified cities in Judah. He got rid of the foreign gods and removed the image from the temple of the Lord, as well as all the altars he had built on the temple hill and in Jerusalem; and he threw them out of the city. Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it, and told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel. The people, however, continued to sacrifice at the high places, but only to the Lord their God” (New International Version).

Nobody is too sinful for God to forgive. If you’re afraid that your case is beyond God’s forgiveness, that’s a lie of the devil.Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7 New King James Version). Note the phrase “He will abundantly pardon.” Romans 5:20b says where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more.

When David admitted his sin of adultery and murder before the Prophet Nathan, saying he had sinned against the Lord, at once Nathan replied, The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die” (2 Samuel 12:13b-14 New International Version). Nobody is too sinful for God to forgive. He forgave David for his sins of adultery and murder. What is your sin or what are your sins? God will forgive you if you come to Him in genuine repentance.

Nobody is too sinful for God to forgive. Ahab was such a wicked king that the Bible says in 1 Kings 21:25-26, But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel” (New King James Version).

But as evil as Ahab was, he humbled himself before God after hearing His terrible judgment on him and his house from the Prophet Elijah. He tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his body, fasted, lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning (1 Kings 21:27). “Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son’” (1 Kings 21:28-29 New International Version).

There is nobody too sinful for God to forgive. God wanted to destroy Nineveh but when the Ninevites heard the message of the Prophet Jonah that the city would be overturned in the next forty days, they declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth (Jonah 3:5). The king also proclaimed that everyone and every animal should fast and be covered with sackcloth. He commanded all of them to call urgently on God and give up their evil ways and violence. The king hoped that God would have compassion and turn from His fierce anger so that they would not perish. What was the result of the action of the king and people of Nineveh?

Jonah 3:10 says, “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened” (New International Version).

How many are your sins and how grave are they? Nobody is too sinful for God to forgive him. Don’t listen to the lies of the devil. Run to God today; don’t run away from Him. Repent. Confess your sins. Ask for forgiveness. Forsake your sinful way. God will abundantly pardon you.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner, and cannot save yourself, and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, I come to you today: I repent and confess my sins; forgive me. Give me the grace to do what is right in Your eyes and what pleases You.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

 T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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