Salvation is simple enough for a child to understand, but it’s also so profound that we can’t plumb its depths. One thing we can know for certain is that it’s a work of God, whereby He regenerates a spiritually dead sinner into a new creation filled with the life of Christ.
How does Jesus receive us? I know how he treated me. I was a sinful twenty-something on a downhill path. Though I’d made a commitment to Christ a decade earlier, you wouldn’t have known it by the way I lived.
Finally I came to Jesus, and he welcomed me back. Please note– he did not accept my behavior but he accepted me, his wayward child. He said, “Come back. I’ll clean you up.” He was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Not just grace, but also truth. Not just truth, but also grace.
Grace and truth. Grace told the adulterous woman at the well, “I do not condemn you.” Truth told her, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus shared truth but did it graciously. Jesus offered grace but did it truthfully. Grace and truth. Acceptance seeks to offer both.
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”—Psalms 32:8
Not asking for directions when you’re lost is like driving a car blind-folded. You’ll ultimately reach your destination but only after suffering through pain, frustration and heartache. Many people today believe they can save themselves without God’s help or direction. Their efforts to do good and be a good person will only secure their eternal future in a place without God.
Seeking help is the right thing to do especially when you’re lost or don’t know what action to take in your life. There is no shame in it and God, who already has laid out His plans for you, will smile and insure your success in whatever you’re trying to do.
You see, God loves you with a love that man can’t understand. His love for us is unfathomable and reaches into every part of our being. Our love for and dependence on God will ensure our success in this life thus avoiding many of the pitfalls the unsaved will experience.
Seek God’s best and His direction for your life. He will bless you beyond measure. Remember, God’s love for you is total, complete and the very best He has for you!
One of the concerns often heard from believers is the fear that God has not forgiven them. Despite having confessed their sins, they’re still uncertain of their cleansing and wonder if they didn’t feel sorry enough. Instead of rising from their knees purified and restored, they feel as if a cloud of God’s disapproval and disappointment is covering them.
This kind of thinking is based on feelings, not truth. Salvation comes through faith in Jesus and His death as payment for our sins. The moment we believe, God declares us righteous in His eyes, and all our sins—past, present, and future—are forgiven. Romans 8:1 reassures us that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It’s not our confession of wrongdoing but the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Another reason some doubt God’s forgiveness is the erroneous belief that confession maintains our salvation. If we think any unconfessed sin leaves us open to the Lord’s condemnation, we’ll continually wonder if we’ve forgotten some transgression or haven’t confessed quickly enough.
Both of these misconceptions are caused by a faulty understanding of what confession is. Confession means agreeing with God that what we have done is sinful and doesn’t fit who we are in Christ. As the Holy Spirit brings conviction, we begin to feel inner discomfort and guilt. Although we are still God’s children, our disobedience disrupts our fellowship with Him. The solution is to go to our heavenly Father and confess our wrong so we can be cleansed and restored to the peace and joy of our relationship with Him.