God loves us — all of us — and wants to have a relationship with us for all eternity.  The problem is that there’s a barrier between us and God.  It’s sin.  When we choose to live for ourselves instead of God and when we choose to disobey his commands for us, that’s sin.  We all have it.  The Bible puts it this way:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3: 23

Our sin has consequences.  It separates us from God and puts us in danger of eternal punishment.  But there’s GOOD NEWS!  The consequences of sin and God’s grace are both found in another verse in Romans.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

The Good News is that even though we earn death and punishment because of our sin, God’s grace and mercy gives us an opportunity for eternal life through Jesus.  You see, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross and He defeated death when He rose from the grave.   All that God requires of us is to turn from our sin and put our faith in Jesus Christ to save us.  This turning from sin is what the Bible refers to as repentance.

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. Ephesians 2: 8 – 9

Salvation comes when we accept God’s gift by recognizing that only He can save us and by calling out in prayer, trusting in Him to forgive our sins and become our Lord and Savior.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10: 9 – 10

Has that happened for you?  If not, trusting in God for Salvation is the first and most important step you can make.

That happens when you call out to God in prayer, turning away from sin and trusting that Jesus has paid the penalty for your sin and offers forgiveness and eternal life.  While there are no magic words, it could go something like this: “Dear God, I know I’ve sinned and it’s separated me from you, but I believe you love me and Jesus died for me and rose again.   I turn from my sin and trust in you to give me life.  I want to live for you. Thank you, God, for loving me and saving me.”

Need to talk to someone more about what Salvation means or to let us know you’ve made that decision? Call 601-879-8022