Question: Hey! I have a question I have been wanting to know for awhile now and I was wondering if you could answer it? Okay, so does God still love you and forgive you even if you have made a promise to stop committing a certain sin but then you break that promise? Will he still love and forgive you after you’ve broken that promise and you still keep making the same mistakes?
Answer: I suppose we could ask ourselves if we would still love our child after he or she promises over and over to stop doing something wrong. And even if we would answer yes, we would have to recognize that God’s love for us is even greater than a parent’s love for his child. I like the passage in Psalm 103:13,14, which says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
It is Jesus who taught us that we should love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) in order to have as perfect a love as the Father has (verse 48). And Paul tells us that when we were still God’s enemies, still sinners, God proved His love for us by letting Jesus die for us (Romans 5:8). And Jesus taught Peter that if someone sins against him seventy-seven times he must forgive that person. So it is impossible that God would not do as well or better than what He instructs us to do. In fact, Romans 8 makes it perfectly clear that for the one who has trusted in Jesus for salvation there is no condemnation (8:1) and that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love (8:37-39).
We are perfectly safe in God’s love. But because He loves us so much and because we love Him in return, we want to experience obedience to Him as a token of our love. And we want to trust Him that the commands He has given us are for our own protection and welfare. So when we recognize that our own promises to do better fail it might be time to try some additional aids to obedience. For example, it may be that a trusted counselor could help you see a pattern to your disobedience and help you break that pattern. Or it might be helpful to have someone to whom you are accountable and who will pray for you and encourage you toward obedience. Or it might be useful to memorize some Scriptures that pertain to the particular disobedience you are struggling with. Or all of the above.
God longs for us to have freedom in our conscience before Him. That is why Jesus came (Hebrews 9:14; 10:22). That is why we can come to His throne boldly whenever we have need and find grace (Hebrews 4:16).