God Loves You
God loves you and wants you to know Him so He can fill you with peace and give you real life -- forever. "God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His only son, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal life and never die." Jesus said, "I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest."
Since God planned for us to have peace and life, why are we so far from God?
We are Separated from God
Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.
"All of us have sinned and fallen short of God's holiness." Sin is choosing to say or do or think things that are against God's plan. "The result of unforgiven sin is death. But God's gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord." There is only one way to reach God.
Jesus Christ Died for our Sins
Jesus Christ is God's Son. He is the only One who can bring us back to God. Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.
"There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only One who can bring us to God." "Christ died once for our sins. An innocent person died for those who are guilty. Christ did this to bring you to God."
God has provided the only way – we must make the choice.
We Must Receive Christ
We must trust Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and receive Him as our Savior and serve Him as our Lord. "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed on His name." Would you like to give your life over to Jesus Christ right now? If so, you can pray the following prayer and accept Jesus as your Savior:
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know You are the only way to God. So now I want to quit disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Perspective of Hope
God does not give us a new identity just to make us more comfortable in this life. Instead, His aim is to conform us to the image of His Son and ultimately to bring glory to Himself.
Part of how He does so is by working through our suffering and teaching us to praise Him in the midst of pain. Notice that 1 Peter 1:3, which reminds us of our “living hope” in Christ, begins with a doxology: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Despite the trials Peter and his fellow believers were experiencing when he wrote this epistle, he chose to praise God. He knew that doxology—the praise of God—contextualizes our circumstances and reorients us to live out our identity in Christ.
Praising God even when our hearts are weighed down by discouragement provides a witness to unbelievers around us. They do not have an adequate answer for suffering or death; we, however, have an eternal hope that transforms our perspective on both.
This hope-filled perspective teaches us to be at peace in a world full of uncertainty and cultural upheaval. Choosing to praise God—even when we do not feel like doing so—reminds us of Christ’s victory over death and suffering. This world is not the end; it will pass and make way for eternal glory.