Every person longs for two great things. They want to be loved and they want to love. But when
the pressures of life and heartaches come to us, many of us give up any hope of ever finding love.
The most well-known verse of the Bible says"
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
This verse tells us four great truths:
God loved. God gave. We believe. We live.
God's wonderful creation was perfect until Adam and Eve we disobedient to God and brought sin into the world.
Their sin immediately separated them from God. Since we are all descended from Adam, each of us inherit his
sin nature when we are born. This means we also are separated from God.
We did not choose this condition. Yet, it exists nonetheless. But in spite of our sin nature, God still loves each
and every one of us and wants to remove that separation.
John 3:16 states both the depth of God's love and His provision for our sin.
The Bible tells us the penalty for sin is death. In Romans 6:23 it says, "The wages of sin is death." This means
eternal separation from the love and mercy of God. That is why there were so many sacrifices required in the
Old Testament of the Bible.
But God have His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as the perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty of sin, once and
for all, on our behalf. Jesus' death on the cross was the payment for the sin debt each of us owe.
All of us need to understand that we cannot do good works as a way to earn God's love and buy our way into
heaven. If we could just save ourselves, Jesus' death on the cross would have been totally unnecessary! But
the Bible tells us "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us."
Salvation is only by God's grace, not through works. This means it is a gift.
So, what is our response? We can choose to either ignore God's love or we can believe it. We can reject God's
gift or we can receive it. If we make the choice to believe Jesus is the Son of God, who died for us, and was
raised again, and ,if we surrender our lives to Him, we can live.
Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. "God commended His love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross
for us, was buried, and then was raised from the dead on the third day to prove that His payment was acceptable
to God. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
The only thing that remains is our acceptance of God's payment and forgiveness. God doesn't force this on us.
This is a decision each person needs to make personally. No one else can do it for you. "Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31)
When we make a conscious decision to trust God, His Holy Spirit immediately starts to live in our lives. Our sin
nature is replaced with a new nature. The Holy Spirit gives us strength, peace, and guidance each and every day.
We receive God's promise of eternal life in Heaven after we die. This is what the Bible calls Salvation.
This free gift, Salvation, is God's gift to you. You receive this gift through faith in Jesus Christ. "The gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). You can receive God's gift of salvation and start your new life with Him right now. All you have to do is sincerely pray a simple prayer like this from your heart:
"Holy God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that You love me and want to save me. I believe
that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe God
raised You from the dead. Lord, I turn from my sins and, by faith, receive You into my life as my
personal Lord and Savior. Jesus, come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and save me. In Your
holy name I pray. Amen."
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