Do I Need to Ask For Forgiveness Everyday?

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Sin stands in the way of God’s great plan and purpose for human life—directly in opposition to our eternal salvation as potential sons and daughters in the everlasting Kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ will do for us what we simply cannot perform for ourselves. But there remains something we can and must do in intimate partnership with God and Christ: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13 Philippians 2:12-13 12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
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The apostle Paul said that we die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31 1 Corinthians 15:31I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.
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), continuing to repent of our old habits and sins that crop back up at times, and are renewed daily, striving to follow Jesus’ sinless example (2 Corinthians 4:16 2 Corinthians 4:16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
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God promises to forgive those who repent, confess their sins, turn from those sins and turn toward a life of obedience.

Everlasting life in the family of God is available to only those who repent of their sins. No exceptions are possible, because “all have sinned and fall[en] short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
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Although God “desires all men to be saved,” He doesn’t force anyone to repent (1 Timothy 2:4 1 Timothy 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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). His kindness and goodness lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4 Romans 2:4Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
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), but He doesn’t make the choice for us. The decision is still ours.

Repentance is not an ethereal concept that no one can fully grasp. In its most basic sense, it means to change. We are to change our minds, change our way of thinking, change our behavior, change our priorities, change our lives.

Those who choose to genuinely repent soon realize that God is active in their daily lives—working within them to instill a deep desire to change in whatever way is necessary to please Him. They want to learn God’s will—to know what He expects of them.

A life of spiritual growth commences

“Then Peter said to them, ’Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission [forgiveness] of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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Baptism symbolizes our acknowledgment of the need for our old sinful way of life to be “put to death” and be buried forever (Colossians 3:5 Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
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; Colossians 2:12 Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead.
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). And our rising from the water symbolizes our beginning to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-6 Romans 6:3-6 3 Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin.
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). Of course our spiritual character isn’t immediately transformed in those few seconds. Baptism is a sign of our lifelong dedication and commitment to that goal. 

God’s forgiveness does not remove our human nature—the negative tendency within all people to commit sin. Because we still live in this present evil world, and still have human nature, we will sin again. Our human nature is a product of sins that we committed in the past and the effect on our lives of the sins committed by others as a result of the influence of Satan over the entire world. The apostle Paul candidly spoke of his ongoing struggle against human nature in Romans 7:14-25 Romans 7:14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
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But now with God’s Holy Spirit, we are now able to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 Hebrews 4:16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
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Daily, we must come to our merciful Father through our merciful High Priest for forgiveness in a bold search to find the answers in overcoming our sinful nature.

In this search, we are to examine and evaluate our own life (1 Peter 4:17 1 Peter 4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
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; 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 1 Corinthians 11:31-32 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
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), viewing ourselves in the mirror of God’s law of liberty and Jesus’ sinless and perfect life (James 1:21-25 James 1:21-25 21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like to a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. 25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
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We strive daily to become more and more spiritually mature or perfect (Matthew 5:48 Matthew 5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
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), living by and applying God’s law, which is spiritual and holy (Romans 7:12 Romans 7:12Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
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Where do you stand on this matter?

The necessity to fight this battle against sin should not discourage us, for, as Paul brings out, we can count on victory through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57 1 Corinthians 15:57But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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). Jesus was born not only to make possible forgiveness of the past, but to help us conquer the strongholds of sin, the entrenched habits that are so difficult to dislodge from our lives. 

This gives us every reason for encouragement in our daily struggle against sin. After all, Christ has experienced the same temptations and fully understands our plight. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15 Hebrews 4:15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
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Jesus is ever ready to help us gain the victory over sin! 

God promises to forgive those who repent, confess their sins, turn from those sins and turn toward a life of obedience. Daily, we have to stop doing what’s wrong and put forth effort again to do what is right. The process of conversion and living the Christian life requires work.

For those of us alive today whose minds God is opening to His biblical truths, there is no better time than right now to repent of our past ways of life and start following His ways. Everyday we must repent and call on Him through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!