I HAVE BEEN A HORRIBLE PERSON ALL
MY LIFE…CAN GOD EVER FORGIVE ME
The answer to that question absolutely YES! God loves you more than you can ever imagine. It doesn’t matter how bad you believe you have been or lived your life, God has already taken care of our sins, including yours.
God’s love for the human race is unconditional; and He demonstrated this by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. John 3:16, says, “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 –[NIV Bible].
God’s does not discriminate against anyone where salvation is concerned, His invitation is for everyone. We were all born as sinners into this world and which has no bearing on what we have done or how we have lived our lives. Sin is an inherited aspect of the human nature,
The Bible tells so much compassion towards mankind despite our evil inherent attributes and wrong doings.
“ You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
If you come to God today through His Son Jesus Christ, He will not condemn or judge you; rather He will forgive you and wash you in the blood of the lamb. He will take away every sense of worthlessness and guilt, and fill your heart His peace. People have judge or criticised you all your life. Some people might have even labelled you as a bad person or even treated you as an outcast, but in Christ you will become a new person, starting life in God with a clean slate. Your past no longer matters to God, all He cares about is your present and future.
There is a story in the Bible about a man called Saul. He was a religious man and a member of the Sadducees. He hated the believers who believed in Jesus Christ and he made it his mission to hunt and persecute them. He killed so many followers of Christ.
Acts 8: 1-3
“And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.
And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Saul was a man that everyone would love to hate. He was a religious man and overzealous at that. He made it his life mission to persecute the followers of Christ. He even went into their homes, to drag believers out of their homes and had them imprisoned. He stood there while Stephen, a devout Christian an servant of Christ was being stoned.
However this did not stop God from forgiving him and calling him into the work of the ministry. From a human point of view, he would have been the last person that one would have thought would be saved by God. He killed the children of God, and should have gone to hell. But that is not God. He loves all mankind and hopes that they will accept His invitation of salvation
Read the conversion of Saul: Acts 9: 1-19;
God loves the saved and the unsaved. He may not like your lifestyle and the choices you make in life. However it has never stopped Him from loving you. He hates sin, but loves the sinner, so He sent His Son Jesus to die for the sins of all mankind!
SO WHAT DO I HAVE TOI DO?
So now you must be asking yourself the question, “So what do I do now to be saved? The answer can be found in Acts 2:37 -41:
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
What Do I Say:
Salvation Prayer – The Simple Steps: 1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord. 2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
- Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later. 4. Repent of your sins and get baptized in the name of Jesus.
Salvation Prayer – Merely a Tool to Communicate Our Faith
The Salvation Prayer is not a ritual based on specific words. This is not the power of a prayer, but the power of truly committing our lives to Christ as Savior and Lord. The following is merely a guideline for our sincere step of faith:
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord.
Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”