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It's (Almost) Never Too Late

God is the God of justice and righteousness, true and perfect justice and righteousness (Psalm 89:14). When all is done, there will be no deals between "prosecution and defense," there will be no "mistrials," and there will be no errors because God cannot be mistaken or deceived (see Glass Houses). Everyone is going to get what's coming to them, for good or bad, based on what we chose to do for ourselves during our lives (Revelation 20:12-13). Until then, no matter how much of a sinner one has been, no matter how many times one has sinned due to human weakness, it's (almost) never too late to repent and be forgiven (Luke 17:3-4). God will forgive the truly repentant.

Sunrise "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked"

God wants no one to be lost, and has given, or will give, everyone the freedom to choose eternal life, or eternal death, for themselves. God will then make one, or the other, happen:

"As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die?" (Ezekiel 33:11 RSV)

"God will overlook my sin because I'm righteous"

But, at the same time, for those who have repented and are living a life of obedience to God's Law as best as humanly possible, it's never too late to fall back into corruption. The righteous who believe that they can "afford to sin" are mistaken:

"The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness; and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that he has committed he shall die."

"Again, though I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' yet if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right, he shall surely live."

"Yet your people say, 'The way of the Lord is not just'; when it is their own way that is not just. When the righteous turns from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, he shall die for it. And when the wicked turns from his wickedness, and does what is lawful and right, he shall live by it." (Ezekiel 33:12-19 RSV)

Fact Finder: What won't God forgive?
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