Sunday after Sunday I sat in the pews of a small church, each time wearing my nicest attire. At a young age, I learned about the love of our omnipotent God. I believed in God and what Jesus did.
But I never knew him.
I was the girl in school, even-tempered and sweet, who'd show kindness to friends. My motivation was my conscience. It was the good thing to do, showing love to the lovable. I thought I knew what love was.
Now I know the fullness of God's unconditional love.
In Mark 1:15b Jesus said, “'Repent and believe the good news!'” The problem is, many people think salvation is based on belief alone. James 2:19 proves that belief in God is not enough. There it says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”
Believing in God is not enough. You must repent and believe, just as Mark 1:15 states. I was twelve years old when Jesus saved me. By that time in my life, my mind was already filled with stories of him. Like I said, I knew about him, but I never knew him. When I surrendered my life though, God began to change me. I became a Christian when I surrendered my life in repentance. To this day, I repent. It's a constant surrendering and continual pursuit of God and his will.I am a Christian, and you will see it is evident by the fruit in my life.
What about you? I hope you are thriving in a relationship with our loving Father. If not, I'm convinced you didn't stumble upon this page by chance. I pray you would know the fullness of God's unconditional love. You will spend a lifetime and eternity enjoying him!
If you want to begin a new life, then
Repent and Believe
1) Ask God to forgive you, and repent of your sinful life, ("repent" means to "turn away from"). Yes, it's hard! This is why you commit your life to God and ask him to change you. He will do the transformation in your life each day as you choose him. You choose him by intentionally pursuing him when you read the Bible and by praying to him.
2) Believe in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. Believe his blood was poured out for the forgiveness of your sins. Believe his sacrifice was enough.
If you have any questions about my faith in Jesus, feel free to contact me here.
Scriptures Verses (NIV):
Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’”
Isaiah 64:6 “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
John 20:31 “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Romans 3:25 “God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”
Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I [Jesus] have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
1 John 3:5 “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.”
1 Peter 3:18a “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
Hebrews 9:15a “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant. . .”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”
Romans 8:10-11 "But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you."
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