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I can't ask God to forgive me properly. I just want to be able to know if I am forgiven or not.

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Thank you so much for contacting us with your query. You have raised a very important topic - how we can know that we are forgiven by God.  You say that you can't ask God properly to forgive you, but I've got good news for you: forgiveness does not depend on whether we ask properly. It depends on what God has done for us through Christ. Let me explain.

You know already that you are a sinner (just like every other human being) and that you need God's forgiveness. Here's what the Bible says about this:

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. (Romans 3:23)

This means that God gives forgiveness as a gift, to those who receive it by faith. Christ is the Redeemer - He bought our forgiveness by paying for our sins Himself. When He died on the cross, he was being punished for your sins and mine.

This means that He did everything and gave everything to make sure we could we forgiven and go to heaven. It cost the Son of God a huge amount to die to save us. He won't turn us down if we believe in Him and ask for forgiveness; it is the very thing He died to achieve. Just trust Him:

Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:43)

So the only question is whether you believe in Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you do, then forgiveness is yours. We are then encouraged to repent and turn away from our sin with God's help.

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

It might help you further if you were to find a church and perhaps ask the pastor or another church leader for help in understanding this. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey:
http://www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

Please use our Interactive Answer Matrix and feel free to ask another question. Our helpful staff are praying for you and waiting to try and answer to you from the Bible, and will be delighted to tell you more about Jesus Christ the Lord, the Saviour of the world.
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God bless you!


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