God Loves You! It’s As Simple As That
Have you ever broken any of the Ten Commandments? Come on now, be honest. Have you ever lied? Have you ever seen something that belonged to another and wanted it for your own? Have you ever stolen anything? Even a small thing? Have you ever committed adultery? Remember, Jesus said that if you have ever looked on a woman to lust after her, that you have committed adultery with her in your heart. How about murder? Jesus said that if you are angry with your brother that you are subject to the judgment.
So, the average person, in God’s eyes is a Lying, covetous, thieving, adulterer who may very well be a murderer as well. If you or I were to stand before God with a record like that, what do you think the outcome would be?
If God is just, and He is, the only possible verdict that He could reach is the verdict of guilty, with the punishment being death, permanent spiritual separation from God. In fact, that is the judgment that each of us has in our future. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
The wages of sin is death, and we are all guilty of it. We are all guilty because we all have sinned. That’s pretty bad news for all of us, devastating! But it doesn’t have to be.
You see, I left off the second half of Romans 6:23. Here is the whole verse:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
From the first verse that talks about sin and death, we might get the impression that God hates us. But really, just the opposite is true. The reason we are sinners is our own personal choice. We sinned, and death, or separation from God is the natural consequence of sin. Just as gravity is a law of the physical universe, the law of sin and death is a law of the spiritual realm. If we step off a cliff, we fall. If we sin, we die.
If God did not care about His creation, He could have left things that way. We made a choice, and it is only right that we should pay the price.
But God loves us!
He was not willing to leave us in our condition of spiritual death, so, He offered His Son, Jesus, The Christ, to die in our place and pay the full price for every sin we ever committed and for every sin that we ever will commit. Jesus, truly God in human flesh, and truly human as well. He was tempted in every way, even as we are, and yet, without sin. (see Hebrews 4:15) Having lived a sinless life, He was in a position to take on the punishment of others, of you and me.
When Jesus died on the cross, it was not a tragic accident, it was the fulfillment of why He came to earth in the first place.
And, to everyone who will acknowledge that they are a sinner and in need of God’s mercy, and will trust in The Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, God extends the gift of new and eternal life. The Bible says it this way:
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; – Romans 10:9
God loves each of us enough that He was willing to take our just punishment so that we might live with Him forever. And if you accept His Son, Jesus, as your own Savior, that is just what will happen. The Bible says:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2
Won’t you accept God’s gift of eternal life now? It is as simple as admitting to God that you are a sinner and need the salvation that He has provided in His Son. Do it now, ask God to forgive your sin and you will receive His gift of eternal life.
If you have accepted God’s gift of life, I hope that you will take a few minutes and leave a comment here and tell others what you have done. Or, if that makes you feel uncomfortable, you are always welcome to send me an email.
God bless you!