The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin
is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We
sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we
entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our
own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we
try to be, none of us does right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups - good
people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a
sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might
classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
"For all have sinned and come
short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
Many people are confused about the way to
God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they
are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to
come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when
other people don't seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you!
More than you can ever imagine! And there's nothing you can do to make Him stop!
Yes, our sins demand punishment - the punishment of death and separation from
God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our
"God demonstrates His own love for
us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid
of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You
can't make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue
us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer
Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!
"He saved us, not because of
righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." Titus 3:5
It's God's grace that allows you to come to
Him - not your efforts to "clean up your life" or work your way to Heaven. You
can't earn it. It's a free gift.
"For it is by grace you have been
saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not
by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for
your sin must be paid. God's gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt
for you when He died on the Cross.
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine
by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the
city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead.
He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through
Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how
desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation.
To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and
turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our
thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out
for you right now.
"If you confess with your mouth,
"Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son,
Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
"For God so loved the world that
He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but
have eternal life." John 3:16
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that
Jesus is offering you right now? Let's review what this commitment involves:
- I acknowledge I am a
sinner in need of a Savior - this is to repent or turn away from sin.
- I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead - this is to trust
that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins.
- I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God - this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus.
- I receive Jesus as my Savior forever - this is to accept that God has done for me and
in me what He promised.
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your
heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here's a Suggested Prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I
know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. I believe You
died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to
dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my
life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my
salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
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