Are you looking for peace with God?
Can I share with you how I have learned of God's love for me and how it is not contingent on my "goodness"...or lack there of? For many years of my life, I thought that I had to somehow earn God's love and acceptance. It was such a hard place to be, for I knew my heart, and it was not good a whole lot of the time! And, to be truthful, it still is not. But, I learned about how God did not require perfection or good works for me to be acceptable to Him. I love Him so much for teaching me this! Hopefully, some of what I share here will bring to you a better understanding of what the Bible says about God's love for us.
Thank you for opening your heart to read on...and please send me a note if you would like to learn more. I wrote a book, The Lamb King...God's eternal love story, to help myself and others understand the Bible, and would love to send you a copy (totally free of any charge or obligation) if you would like to learn even more about God's love for you.
Do you know that the God who created us and this whole universe, loves us and wants a relationship with us?
And that Jesus, God’s son, came to earth to give us life abundant?
John 10:10 Jesus says...“My purpose is to give life in all its fullness."
But, are we good enough to have a relationship with God?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:21...For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
1 John 2:2...He is the one who took God’s wrath against our sins upon himself and brought us into fellowship with God, and he is the forgiveness for our sins, and not only ours but all the world’s.
John 14:6 Jesus says:...“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Praise God for sending His perfect son Jesus in the form of a human man to earth, to take our punishment on the cross of Calvary, for our sins so that we could have peace and fellowship with God and forgiveness for our sins.
Jesus died on the cross...but did not stay in the grave forever. No, He rose to life three days later. He is alive and in heaven with God the Father and God the Spirit!
When we believe this, we will want to start the journey of fellowshipping with God through prayer and reading His wonderful words to us in the Bible. Then, when we pray and hear Gods words, we will desire to make changes to our lives…to become more in character and action like God himself…through the power of the Holy Spirit. We will start to desire to replace sinful actions with loving actions. This is the ongoing process of becoming more like Christ.
But as long as we live here on earth, we will struggle and fight with our sin nature. We need to pray and meditate on the Bible and grow in our relationship with God. He will not let go of us! He will keep helping us, and giving us the strength to become more like Him, through His Holy Spirit…until the day that we join Him in Heaven!
Remember, it is our BELIEF, our confession of our need for Jesus' sacrifice which payed the cost for our sins. He took upon Himself our punishment for those sins, it is HIS righteousness that God accepts. It is not our good or bad behaviors that determine if we will be in heaven with God.
Romans 10:9...if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
When you accept His love, you will start to desire to turn away from those things that do not please Him. He will give you His strength to do so, ask Him...then trust and obey His leading.
Revelation 3:20…Jesus says: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
God loves you, and is waiting for you to respond to His love. Will you today?