The most important step you could take is the very first step: turning from sin & self to the God who loves you and has given his life for you.
You can experience redemption today.
God has a design for our lives, and He cares about absolutely every aspect of our lives. However, we all have the ability to depart from His design. The Bible’s word for that departure from God’s design is “sin.”
When we sin, we experience brokenness. And brokenness feels like shame, guilt, regret— something we’ve all experienced at some time in our lives. But when we get to that broken place, we make matters worse by trying to fix it ourselves. We think we can find the fix in a new relationship, a better paying job, or more possessions. But here’s the thing about brokenness: While it doesn’t feel good, it does make us realize that we have a need for the kind of life change that we can’t make happen ourselves. The change we need that heals brokenness comes from the good news, which is what the word gospel means.
The gospel tells the story of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus never departed from God’s design in any way. Still, He loved us so much that He agreed with God’s design for His life and allowed Himself to be crucified (killed) on a cross to remedy the sins of the world. In that moment, God did something miraculous: He placed the sins of the world (your sins included) on that cross with Jesus, and Jesus received the punishment we deserved for our sins. Jesus died in our place.
After Jesus died and was buried, God raised him from the dead three days later. The Bible tells us that God did this to prove He had the power to give us forgiveness & freedom. This is the kind of change we need in our lives, but could never produce on our own; it’s something that only He can provide.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
Here’s where the awareness of being broken becomes helpful to us. Once we find ourselves in brokenness and discover we can’t heal it on our own, we can then run to God and receive His remedy. Here’s how we do this: we repent of our sins. To repent means to be genuinely sorry for walking away from God and His design for our lives, to be willing to live a different way, and to believe the good news of the gospel.
When we repent and believe, Jesus comes into our lives, forgives our sins, and begins to heal our brokenness. When this happens, God gives us the chance to recover and pursue His design for our lives. And this is something we can do at any time and from anywhere we find ourselves in life.
Jesus has done the work, not to give us a “reset” to our old lives, but to provide an entirely new and full life in Him.
Now that you have heard this good news, God invites you to respond to Him. You can talk to Him using words like these:
-God, my life is broken. I realize that it's because of my sin. I need You.
-I believe Christ came to live, die, and was raised from the dead— to rescue me from my sin.
-Forgive me, God. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in You. I give You my life.
-I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow Him.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)
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