Consider the nature of a gift: It cannot be earned; that would be wages. It cannot be taken. When it is offered, it can only be accepted or refused.
The Bible speaks of the gift of forgiveness and eternal life. You and I cannot do anything to earn that gift. We are even powerless to take it. The only way we can have it is if it is offered to us and we accept it. And it has been offered to us. All of us. You and me, the worst and the best, the seeker and the cynic.
God has made forgiveness from all your sins (past, present, and future) available to you. Here's how: Jesus, the only man who never sinned, God's Son, died an excruciating death, forsaken by God, as if he were a sinner. In doing so, He took the punishment we deserved. He died in our place. The punishment for our sin has taken place. Because of this, God is offering to us the forgiveness we don't deserve, if we will accept it.
There's more: Once dead, Jesus was in a sealed tomb that
day and the next. On the third day,
God raised Jesus from the dead. By doing so, He has made eternal life
available to you.
He wants you to have it.
|It's not Too Late!||It's not Too Soon!|
Many people have committed sins
so bad they think they can
never be forgiven. Nothing
could be farther from the truth. If Jesus could
forgive Saul of Tarsus,
Do you think you have a lot of time
to think it over? In
this age there are more ways than ever to meet with
sudden instantaneous death. Once you die,
there's no chance.
|You're not "Too Bad!"||You're not "Too Good!"|
Those who think they must clean up their
lives before they dare approach God are like
a prostitute saying she'll quit prostitution when she can do so
a virgin. Don't
wait! If you really want to turn
your life over to God,
He is willing to take you "as is."
As John Phillips once said,
"There is no man so bad that Jesus cannot save him, but
millions who are 'too good.'" Anyone who thinks they
are good enough to reject God's gift and
get into heaven on their own
merit is in for a shock,
for none of us are.
If you recognize that you are a sinner, and want to turn from that sin, and follow Jesus, you can receive this Gift now. You (yes, you!) can pray to Him now. He knows your heart, and is only waiting to be asked. Your prayer doesn't have to include all the fancy Thee's and Thou's. It doesn't even have to be grammatical. He will understand what you say.
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