God Loves You!
Friend, please don’t miss it. Let it sink deep into your mind and heart. No matter who you are or what you have or have not done, according to John 3:16, GOD LOVES YOU!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God loves us so much (as the pictures below will show) that He sent His Son from heaven to earth to die on a cross to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life. Jesus rose again the third day and “He ever lives to make intercession for us.” If you are seeking Him, He is seeking you more; “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8)
(the following heart-searching True Love painting is by Joe Cauazos)
Please pause to observe it closely…and think about the great price God paid for your redemption.
The Whole World Needs to Know about John 3:16!
But wait, there’s more…
“…He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” 1 Cor. 15:4
…and there’s still more
“…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
If Jesus came back today or if you should die today, would you be ready to meet Him? By the mercy and grace of God, you can be! God loves the whole world! He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Those who continue to reject Jesus will be lost, but those who repent of their sins and trust in Him will be saved. If you have not already done so, please turn from your sins and put your trust in Jesus today; He loves you very much and wants to save you now! And remember, God listens when we pray and mean what we pray… I believe that’s the basic message of the Bible.
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Note: The information that follows on this page is not original with me, but is being shared because I believe it can be especially helpful to those who want to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and become a born again Christian.
Who is a Real Christian? What makes a Christian? The answer is actually so simple it can escape us. —by Gary Moore
How can you tell who a Christian really is? Is the clue to be found in the way they dress? Is it in the way they talk – the words they choose? Does it have to do with their level of education or income, or lack thereof? Is it determined by the people with whom they are friends? Can it be determined by their political affiliation, or lack of one, or would they be non-political?
The answer is actually so simple it can escape us. A Christian is any person who trusts in Jesus Christ (see Romans 10:9-13). Placing trust in Jesus has a profound impact on who we are. The impact is so great it is described in Scripture as a re-birth. Through the work of the Holy Spirit we are placed through adoption into a right relationship with God and with our fellow human beings. This is all accomplished by God’s grace – not something we can achieve by any work or effort or striving on our own resources. It is a gift God gives us because He loves us.
As we live in relationship with God, and grow in that relationship, our lives will become characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). Our transformed lives are intended to bear testimony to God’s power, and bring glory to Him. We are meant to live as Christ’s ambassadors – in our world (2 Corinthians 5:17-20).
It is really a matter that we are enabled to participate in God’s life (see 2 Peter 1:3-8). We are, by God’s grace, able to share in God’s nature. As the Holy Spirit works with us, and we learn to live God’s way today, we can anticipate entering into the fullness of that life for eternity.
So to go back to the start of this article, some of the things mentioned indeed may be different in the life of a Christian. For example, the words we choose should be different as we grow in the fruits of the Spirit. Love, grace, purity, kindness and truth should characterize our speech. As we mature in Christ, our words and deeds will be different. There are externals that may indeed be indicators of Christianity. However, at its heart, it is the total reliance on trusting Jesus Christ that defines our Christianity.
That reliance on Him results in the changes of practice and belief that will characterize a believer growing in the faith, but those results aren’t what make the Christian. Placing our trust in Jesus Christ is what defines a Christian.
It is as simple – and as profound – as that!
Gary Moore is the national director of the Worldwide Church of God Canada.
Originally published in Northern Light Magazine, October/November/December 2007.
The following additional counsel is shared by The Gideons International:
Become a Christian
Here’s still additional sources of help and direction for those who are seeking God:
Peace with God — by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
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