Satan wants to destroy your faith and your hope so that you will give up on God. Satan wants you to believe that you are too bad for God to save, that your case is hopeless, that you have been too bad for God to love you and forgive you. Satan may make you believe that you cannot come to God until you have made yourself good enough. But we may answer Satan’s accusations with God’s promise that “whoever comes to Me, I will in no way cast out” (John 6:37). Tell the enemy that Christ’s blood shed on the cross cleanses from all sin. If you take even one step toward God in repentance, He is listening, waiting eagerly for you to give your life to Him.
As Martin Luther’s friend told him wisely, “Listen to the Son of God. He became man to give you the assurance of divine favor.” He assured Luther that we have a kind heavenly Father, and counseled him, “Love Him who first loved you.”
Jesus loves to have us come to Him just as we are, sinful, helpless, dependent. We may come with all our weakness, our foolishness, our sinfulness, and fall at His feet in repentance. He wants to encircle us in His love, to heal our wounded lives, and to clean us from all sin. It is true that God hates sin, but He loves each and every sinner. He sent Jesus to our world so that EVERY person who would choose to accept His love and forgiveness could experience the peace and joy that comes with freedom from guilt.
You may, like the apostle Paul, say, “Jesus Christ came to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” Yet Christ would have died for even one sinner. John 3:16 assures us that God loved the world so much that whoever believes in Him will not perish (die eternally) but will have everlasting life.
That “whoever” means YOU.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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