This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son so that no one need be destroyed;
by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
John 3:16 MSG
God loves you!
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or what you’ve done. You mean so much to God! In fact you are why God sent His son, Jesus.
Often we disqualify ourselves from God’s love because of our history, our failures and shortcomings. Sin has separated us from God and we can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. So how can we accept what we have not earned? The Bible says that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And to accept God’s love is to trust his patient, forgiving and gracious stance towards us. Only He has the power to free us from guilt, shame and condemnation to give us a life of wholeness. All we have to do is turn to Him.
To be made whole, or to be saved is to submit to God and his plan and purpose for our lives. It is a turning from our old ways and turning to Jesus, to ask him for forgiveness from our sins and to give us new life in Him.
The Bible says:
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 NLT
Maybe right now you would love this Scripture to be a truth at work in your life today. If you truly desire to begin this journey of faith, take some quiet time to pray a prayer like this one:
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