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
Immediately this verse jumped into my head for this weeks spirit word-love. But then I thought everyone is familiar with this verse. So I started looking for other verses. But I kept coming back to this one. I knew this was the verse I would use when my pastor started his sermon yesterday with John 3:16.
This is a powerful verse that speaks volumes about the love God has for us and the extent of that love-that He sacrificed his only son on our behalf.
1 John 4:8 and 16 tell us “God is love” This is known as agape love, the love of self-sacrifice. The love God has for His own children.
He demonstrated His love for us in three ways.
- By sending His son to die on the cross: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.- 1 John 4:10
- By drawing us to Himself: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them,and I will raise them up at the last day.- John 6:44
- By forgiving us of our sins: The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.– Daniel 9:9
Not only does He know each of us individually and love us personally but he would like nothing more than for us to spend eternity in Heaven (our eternal home) with Him than an eternity in hell without Him. And to do that accepting Jesus into our heart and repent of our sins is a good place to start.
- Salvation is found in Christ alone. In John 14:6 Jesus answered,“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. So how does one begin a relationship with the Heavenly Father? It begins with the “prayer of salvation.” A one on one conversation between you and God consisting of these elements.
- We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God.
- We confess our past life of sin.
- We admit we are ready to trust Jesus Christ as as Lord and Savior.
- We ask Jesus to come into our heart, take up residence there, and begin living through us.
If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is an ideal prayer of salvation: (Feel free to say it in your own words. God knows your heart.)
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.