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Will God ever forgive me for the wrong things that I have done? I am very remorseful and embarrassed by my actions.

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Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry about sin and forgiveness.

The simple answer is 'yes!' God will forgive you for the wrongs things you have done, if you ask him for forgiveness.

You mention that you are embarrassed, and this is a good thing. It means to have a ‘face of shame’ after your sin has been revealed; that you are found emotionally vulnerable and exposed after what you have done is known by others. This situation and feeling can lead to a two types of remorse:

First of all, a primary response to such embarrassment is regret. We regret doing things for many reasons, but maybe chiefly because we have been found out, and our sinfulness is seen by all and it’s all very embarrassing and we wish we had not done it.

This kind of sorrow produces death!

However, there is such a thing as Godly sorrow and this is precious as it leads past regret to that great turning point in a person’s life called repentance.

This kind of sorrow brings life.

Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)

So how do you tell the difference between Godly sorrow which leads to life and worldly regret which leads to death? The main way is to see that you have not just sinned against other people, but against God almighty himself!

If you know that there is a Godly sorrow in you, and you want to be made right in his sight and seek forgiveness, how do you do it? The Bible tells us that:

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)

When King David sinned, Nathan the prophet publicly called him out on what David thought was his secret and adulterous sin. Rather than wallowing in personal sorrow, David repented to God for his sin, and he wrote his experience in Psalm 51. Indeed, even the title of the Psalm says “To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.”

David writes:

Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight — That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. (Psalm 51:1-4)

Confess your sins to God. Repent of your sins, that is to turn your back on your sins, not going back to them, and have a change of heart and mind about sin generally, even to the point of a changed lifestyle.

In summary, yes, you can be forgiven of your sin, if you confess your sin to God and ask for his forgiveness. Christ died to save sinners and shed His blood on Calvary’s cross to make full satisfaction toward a holy God and judge for what you have done. Believe that he did this for you and you shall be saved.

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God". (John 3:14-18)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:9-10)

So, yes, God will forgive you for the wrongs things you have done. Make sure your sorrow is Godly.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • 1 John 1:9
  • Psalm 51:1-4
  • 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

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