For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
As Christians we believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God and the only way to have God’s gift of eternal life. The gift is offered by God and is free to all. God’s word, the Bible, tells us that all we must do is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, turn away from our sins, and ask Him for forgiveness. This forgiveness is based upon what Jesus did when He died on the cross to pay the ultimate price for all of sin, for all of mankind, for all of time.
You must first admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being a sinner means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment.
But He loves us! God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him. God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. The Bible tells us that after Jesus died, He was buried and for three days lay in the tomb. Then after three days something miraculous happened. Jesus arose from the dead and appeared to many of His disciples as proof that He was alive, and then He ascended into heaven where He now reigns at the right hand of God.
Our hope is based upon God’s promise, that because Jesus lives, those of us who believe in Him and trust Him to save us, will live again eternally with Him even though we die physically. We can’t earn this gift of eternal life, it is much too costly for that. For it is by grace that we have been saved through faith. All we can do is believe God wants us to have this free gift and then ask Him to save us, and help us turn from our sins, and then teach us how to live as a follower of Jesus.
God isn’t waiting to judge you. God isn’t waiting to condemn you. He’s waiting to receive you with mercy, with love, with open arms, and forgive all your sins. If you would like to receive this free gift and become a follower of Jesus Christ pray this prayer sincerely from your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again from the grave. I want to turn away from my sins and give my life to you. Please forgive me and save me. I want to follow you as my Lord and Savior. I put my trust in you. In your Name I ask this in faith. Thank you Lord Jesus.
If you prayed this prayer from your heart, God has promised to forgive you and has given you eternal life through His Son, Jesus. He has placed His Spirit within you and will now begin to help you live your life as a follower of Jesus. Find a good Bible-believing church where other believers can help you in your new life. You will find that you have a new family who will love you and will share the joys and the heartaches of life with you. They will help you to stay strong and will be a great encouragement in the days ahead.