The central theme of God’s Word, His love for you and all people, You are encouraged to “Connect to a Real and Loving God”!
This love was revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death you can have eternal life. You can know for sure what will become of you after you die.
You have probably heard the story of God’s love referred to as the “Gospel.” The word Gospel simply means “Good News.” The Gospel is the Good News that, because of what Christ has done, we can be forgiven and can live forever.
But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly accept it. God requires an individual response from you.
The following verses from the Bible show God’s part and yours in this process:
God’s Love Is Revealed in the Bible
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.—John 3:16
God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And He wants to give you a life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death.
We Are Sinful
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.—Romans 3:23
You may have heard someone say, “I’m only human—nobody’s perfect.” This Bible verse says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong. And that’s why we feel estranged from God—because God is holy and good, and we are not.
Sin Has a Penalty
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23
Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. If you continue to sin, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.
Christ Has Paid Our Penalty!
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. —Romans 5:8
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation Is a Free Gift
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.—Ephesians 2:8-9
The word grace means “undeserved favor.” It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life, God’s gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it, Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!
Christ Is at Your Heart’s Door
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.—Revelation 3:20
Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.
You Must Receive Him
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.—John 1:12
When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity.
If you are making this commitment to Christ today, please let us know, by emailing us. We would like to send you Bible study materials to help you grow in your faith. If you’d like to talk with someone about beginning a relationship with God call 800-944-8443 or text Hope to 800-944-8443.
Taken from “Your Christian Life” 1965, 1968, as “Aids to Christian Living,” 1986 as “Practical Steps in Christian Living,” 1995 as “Beginning Your Christian Life,” 1997 as “Your Christian Life,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
All scripture is taken from New Living Translation.