So you have asked God and the person you sinned against to forgive your sin.  But you may be asking, “what if I sin again?”

Here are three things to consider:

First, if you trust in Jesus Christ, you are going to change.  He has enable you to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).  You can’t take your sin more seriously than the grace of Jesus.  With His power, it won’t be possible to live in sin any longer (verse 2).  Be encouraged:  Jesus is more powerful than sin.  Reckon yourself to be dead to sin and alive to God in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:11).

Second, God changes us gradually

2 Corinthians 3:18 says that we are “being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”

You don’t have to be perfect to be genuinely changing (even the apostle Paul struggled, Romans 7:15-25).  Remember that genuine transformation isn’t rooted in your power, but in the power of Christ.

Third, you have an advocate with the Father.

Jesus is your advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1).  His righteousness has been credited to your account, and if you confess your sins, God will forgive your sin for Christ’s names sake (1 John 2:1).  Repent and turn from your sin.