Will God Ever Take Me Back?
How is it possible for God to forgive us? What if we let Jesus down ? The other day, I had an anonymous PrayBuddy user post a similar question on the prayer board:
I have turned away from Jesus Christ at least 75 times. Will He ever take me back?
We think differently than God. That’s an understatement. We think MUCH differently than God. That’s why we need His Word to teach us His ways. In our minds, good people deserve God’s love and bad people deserve God’s wrath. People who do the right things, love others, and stay out of trouble deserve heaven, while drunkards, murderers, adulterers, and other bad people deserve hell. God agrees that only Holy people can enter into his presence. Evil has no place with God. Where we mess up is where we mistakenly think that some people are good.
“No one is good except God alone.” -Mark 10:18
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God -Romans 3:23
Even good people have sinned. They might be good enough by our standards, but they’re not good enough by God’s glorious standards.
Christ died so that sinners could be washed clean of their sin, and stand blameless before God. When you put your faith in Jesus, you’re proclaiming that He is Lord of your life. By doing so, his death and blood gets put to your account, and His sacrifice is good enough for God to forgive you of your sin. It’s not so much forgiveness… it’s payment. Jesus paid the penalty of your sin, which is death. Now that the penalty is paid, God no longer holds it against you, because you no longer owe it.
What happens once your saved? What happens if you keep on sinning? Read what is written about this in Romans:
16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Only Jesus can rescue you from your sin. Even after God saves you, you still have to deal with your sinful flesh. As long as you have this body, you will continue to wage war with it. Your heart will want to follow God, but your flesh will continue to want to serve its own evil desires.
Thankfully, Jesus is there with understanding and patience. The Holy Spirit will convict us and turn us back to Him. We just need to trust Jesus. We will never overcome sin on our own. And as long as we have these bodies, we will struggle with sin.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -Phil 1:6
Jesus Christ started this good work in you. And He will finish it. Trust him.
So now, I go back to the original question: “I have turned away from Jesus Christ at least 75 times. Will He ever take me back?”
My friend, you’re asking the wrong question… you shouldn’t be asking, “Will He ever take me back?” You should be asking, “Will I ever go back?” Jesus is waiting for you. Whether you’ve turned away 75 times or 7500 times, Jesus died for you. He’s already paid your penalty. Repent and turn to Him.
Thank you for your question. It has allowed me the opportunity to share this with anyone who reads it. God bless.
Your Turn: What would you say to the one who asked this question?
Great article and definitely many people struggle with this question. They feel less than and they feel horrible and can’t possibly understand why in the world would God forgive and take them back after all they have done. But our Father is so loving and kind and merciful. All we have to do is drop to our knees in complete humility, repent and ask for his forgiveness that’s it. Nothing complicated. He forgives and forgets. As far as the east is from the west. God is married to the backslider. Hallelujah! I know this is true, I am a living witness. Thank you Jesus
This is so true! I left God for a few years back in my early 20s. I did horrible things during that time and almost ruined my marriage. My sins caught up with me and devastated me. I am grateful though, that as I came back, I felt the same forgiveness that I had felt when I first believed. In fact, my faith is stronger now than before I walked away.
The question is definitely, “Will you come back?” It’s up to you, not God.