Forgiving others and God forgiving us is an endless command. However, when I state in the audio that follows this article (link given at end of it), regarding someone asking forgiveness repeatedly for a same sin. You'll note I state: "a person might say, I can keep doing this certain sin because all I have to do is turn right around and say, God forgive me." My point being that God knows when a person is struggling against sin and when they are not. The Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Tempt the Lord Your God" (Matthew 4:7 and Deuteronomy 6:16), is literally saying don't test God's patience with anything you do in your Christianity, half-heartedly. When God quickens in your spirit that you have sin in your life, you do not simply confess it to God, in Jesus name, for forgiveness and afterward make only a half-baked attempt to overcome it. Many people love to resort to the Biblical passage in which Jesus says we are to forgive our brother or sister up to 490 times in ONE DAY if they sin against us but afterward sincerely ask forgiveness for their trespass that has offended or hurt us in some way. Unless repentance (asking forgiveness) is done sincerely it is not repentance at all but a mockery - Matthew 1822. This is true of God on an even greater level. His forgiveness and mercy will endure forever, however, God also knows when a person is sincerely struggling against the sin, they are continually repenting of (sometimes many times a day) or if they are only doing so in a half-baked manner (less effort than they are truly capable of). Matthew 6:12-14 of the New Testament says we must forgive others, for God to also forgive us in this life. I say “in this life” because in the eternal life to come – if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your redeemer (savior, your sin sacrifice) in this life, you will have no temptation to affect you whatsoever in your future eternal life with God to come. If we have forgiven others to a limit we know is as enough as possible, we may then have to keep our distance from them afterward and love them from afar. However, we will always find ourselves slipping and committing sins as Christians. Born again people do sin but they do not make a lifestyle practice of any, otherwise backsliding has occurred and they are in need of rededication of their life to God, to stay secure in salvation and/or to not loose rewards God desires to give them as born again believers in His Son Jesus Christ.

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Author's Bio: 

I am a graduate of Liberty University (1996) for completion of theological studies. Bible studies are one of my most-covered book-subjects. I am however, careful to only address those subjects that I believe God has given me correct revelation on. I was a Christian Youth Minister, beginning in the 1980s for approximately 20 years (between youth ministries I served in other church capacities as well). I was also a guest speaker to churches, who invited me to present important Bible teachings to their evangelical congregations, during those same years. I am a redeemed man, who has received salvation by acceptance of Jesus Christ and what he did for me in shedding his blood and dying for me on the cross and in his resurrection from the dead, giving me the promise of eternal life, purely by grace (not due to anything I have done, other than to accept it freely).