How You Can Know God's Love
"There is a God in Heaven who loves you as you are and not as you should be."
Yes, there is a God. The heart of the human being longs for God, and logic demands divine existence.
While most everyone believes God is . . . most sense separation from God. We know God is holy and good. We see ourselves as unholy and not good. We conclude that God is angry with us and we cannot know Him.
Good News! God's word tells us that He loves us as we are. That love will save us from our sin and make us what we should be as God's children.
We hear Jesus say, "God so loved the world." God's love has no limitations. He loves "so." More than we can imagine. He loves everyone – not just some ones.
Romans 5:8 tells us that God loved us so that "when we were in our sin Christ Jesus came to die for us."
Yes, God loves us, not because of who we are or what we do, but because He is love. Then, why is it that many do not know God and experience His love?
This verse tells us that all people have sinned. We have fallen short of God's intended purpose for us. God made us to know Him . . . to receive His love and to love Him in return.
For love to be love . . . for God to be God . . . and for humans to be human . . . God gave us a choice. We can choose to love ourselves and turn to our selfish pursuits. That is sin. In our sin we cannot know God and His love.
The result of this sin is that we are lost . . . separated from God.
Wages are just payment . . . due reward . . . what one has coming because of labor. The just payment for our sin is death.
Death here means spiritual insensitivity. When we are still in our sin, we have no life with God. We are alive physically but dead spiritually. If we continue in that condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity.
The wages of sin is death, but God's free gift is eternal life. While wages are earned, a gift is offered . . . no strings attached. God says He will give us eternal life – life with Him – in the place of sin's payment of death.
How can God remain true to His holiness and forgive unholy sinners? Because Jesus, His Son, has paid the price for sin by His death on the cross.
Second Corinthians 5:21 says, "He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we may be made the righteousness of God through Him."
Jesus arose from the grave to conquer sin and death for all who receive Him as God's free gift.
How can you receive God's free gift of love and life?
A person receives God's free gift of love and life by placing faith in Jesus Christ. To believe is simply to take God at His word. With our heart (whole being) we believe that Jesus is God's Son who died for our sin on the cross and arose from the grave to live in us as Savior and Lord.
To believe in Jesus will result in confessing that faith with one's mouth.
Do you acknowledge that you are a sinner?
Do you believe by faith that Jesus, God's Son, died for your sin on the cross?
Will you now confess Him as your Savior and Lord?
This verse says that any person who will call upon the name of Jesus, the Lord, shall be saved.
To call means simply to ask in prayer. The verse does not require one to know more . . . do better . . . clean up one's life . . . or in any way try to add to what Jesus has done for us.
Will you now call upon Jesus to save you from your sin so that you can know God's love and forgiveness?
Pray like this: "Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my sin, come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me."
When anyone calls on the Lord in this manner, that one is saved according to God's Word. If you pray a prayer of repentance and faith, you are saved. You have God's word on it.
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Note: "How You Can Know God's Love" is adapted from