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I still remember sitting in my office with someone who wanted to talk about beginning their relationship with Jesus. They wanted to be baptized. We talked about that. And as we were finishing, she looked at me and had this troubled look in her eyes.  She said, “What happens after I’m baptized?  I mean, what if I sin?”

I asked, “What do you mean?”

She said, “The Bible says that when we give our lives to Jesus that all of our sins are forgiven, right?  I said, yea. We had just looked at this verse, (Acts 2:38 NIV), Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…

Psalm 103:12 says, “He has taken our sins away from us as far as the east is from the west.”

She said. “My slate is wiped clean, right?”


“So what happens if I sin after I’m baptized?”

You know what she’s asking: I wonder if you’ve wondered this.  

What happens when I sin?

Am I finished?  

Does God not love me anymore?  

Does that question bother you?  

If that has bothered you, let me tell you what I told her. I said, “Oh, it’s not IF you sin, it’s WHEN you sin. You will.” If you’ve wondered the same thing, or had a friend ask you about this, our one word prayer this week, Oops, will help you.