God is love! God doesn’t just have love, He is love and therefore His Name is love! Love originates in God (1 John 4:7, 8). God’s love will take care of you and you can never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38, 39). It is unconditional, everlasting and motivated by His grace (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9, 10, 16; Jeremiah 31:3; Lamentations 3:22, 23; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:8; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4, 5; Psalm 103:10-12; 136:26).
God’s love is different than the world’s kind of love or even the love our earthly father showed us. God’s love is not self-centered or selfish and will never fail (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). God’s love involves the compassion or mercy of God. Read the following verses and meditate on the fact that God loves you! (Deuteronomy 5:10; Psalm 36:5, 6; 86:15; 89:2; 92:1-3; 117;1, 2; 136:2; Lamentations 3:22, 23; Jeremiah 31:3; John 15:9, 13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 3:1,16; 4:9, 10, 18; Ephesians 2:4 – 7). He is a God of love, grace and forgiveness.
Because God loves us, He wants us to live in peace with Him and to receive eternal life so that we can live with Him forever and experience abundant life now. But our sin separates us from God because it entered mankind through the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and has been passed on ever since (Romans 3:23; 5:12). But God had a plan so that we could have peace with Him through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1; 6:23).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. (NKJV)
Who is this Son of God? Jesus is the Son of God and is called Immanuel or “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). He was and is the Son of God therefore He is God come in the flesh. Jesus existed before His human birth as we read in John 1:1-2, 14. Jesus is God the Son, who reveals to us that God exists and He is God’s love gift to all of us so that we can be reunited to relationship with God the Father. He created us to have relationship with Him. He wants to be in relationship with us so much that He gave His Son to die for us to restore us to relationship.
Jesus means “Savior.” When you get Jesus as Savior, you get Him and everything He is and came to provide for you. His Name is derived from the Hebrew word Yeshua from which we get the English name Joshua.
Jesus was born of a virgin and was conceived without sin (Matthew 1:20, 21, 23). Why does this matter? Jesus had to be sinless to redeem us to God because God is Holy. Jesus was fully man but fully God. Because Mary was a virgin and Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, He did not have a sin nature passed on to Him through man’s seed by Joseph (Luke 1:34, 35).
Jesus is the only answer to this problem of separation from God. He fulfilled God’s righteous requirement on the cross because He was sinless. We could never be good or righteous enough nor could we earn God’s forgiveness. Jesus took our sin, became sin for us, and took the penalty for our sin which is death, but He never sinned. God was satisfied with Jesus’ death as a sacrifice with the shedding of His blood (Hebrews 9:22). Then God raised Him from the dead on the third day and seated Him at His right hand in heaven (Luke 24:46, 47; Acts 10:40). He is alive!
As we reflect on this Christmas season, the Bible tells us that Jesus came into the world to save it not to condemn it (John 3:17; Luke 19:10). The real Jesus, not the religious one you may have been taught, manifested God’s love and grace (John 15:9; 1 John 4:9, 10). God isn’t mad at you, but He is madly in love with you! Jesus has made a way for us to be forgiven for our sins and to have peace with God. Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross to deliver us from the bondage of sin and to give us victory, favor, good success and abundant life (John 15:13; 10:10).
It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done in the past. God doesn’t love your sin but He does love you and He wants to forgive you and come into your life. When you ask Jesus into your heart as your Savior, He will change you. When you believe in Jesus and acknowledge Him to be your Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you and you become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13, 14)! He changes you from the inside out as you walk with Him. You don’t have to clean yourself up first (Luke 5:32).
We don’t have the power in ourselves to stop sinning. But you do need to have a repentant heart concerning your sin and understand that it keeps you from God. Repentance in the Bible means to change your mind; about God and your sin as well as having sincere regret or remorse. You must have a desire to turn from your sin and turn to God. We receive salvation as a gift from God, by His grace through faith by believing and receiving what Jesus did on the cross, and it transforms you (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
There may be someone reading this blog who doesn’t know Jesus as your personal Savior. This is the starting place to receive God’s love and forgiveness through His Son Jesus and all that He is and the abundant life He wants to give to you. I would like to give you this wonderful opportunity to ask Jesus into your heart and life to be your Savior and Lord.
The Bible says that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved and that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9, 10, 13). If you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
If you would like to experience the love of God and to have peace with Him through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, pray this suggested prayer out loud right now. You can also just pray in your own words. Remember, it is not words or prayer alone that will save you. Prayer is a way to reach out to the Lord and must be done in faith (completly trusting in Him to save you). If you pray these words in faith, Christ will save you.
Your Word says that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. I ask You to forgive me for my sins. I want to turn from them and turn to You. I am calling on You and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for me to pay for my sins. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead and He is alive today. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me the Holy Spirt to live inside of me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your healing power in my life. I now belong to You. Help me to live for You and obey You all the days of my life.
In Jesus name, Amen.
If you prayed this prayer for salvation in faith, you are now a child of God and are in His family (John 1:12). Here are some steps to help you continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ:
Start reading the Bible every day. You are now a child of God and all His blessings that are in the Bible belong to you.
Fellowship with God through prayer, praise and worship:
Prayer is just simply talking and listening to God any time. Praise and worship of God brings you into His presence. It can be through words or songs.
Fellowship with God’s people – God’s family:
It is important to find a good Bible believing church where you can continue to grow and learn about God and to worship and praise God together. It is important that they teach the principles found in the Word of God. The Word of God and fellowshipping with other believers will help protect you from the deceptions of Satan. It should be a loving church and one where the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; Galatians 5:22) is demonstrated.
Confess Jesus Christ as your Savior: Tell a friend or family member. Share your experience with someone else today. Burn your bridges that link you with sinful conduct.
Experience Water Baptism: A local church of believers can provide you with an opportunity to be baptized in water as Jesus said (Matthew 28:19-20).
Here is a website to help you grow in your new life with Jesus:
Here is a website that explains what someone must do to be saved:
Remember. Jesus came to give you abundant and eternal life (John 10:10; 1John 5:12, 13).
The reason for Christmas is restoration of relationship with God through Jesus Christ, Immanuel – God with us. When you invite Jesus into your heart and life, He dwells inside of you and will never leave you (Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Hebrews 13:5)!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a blessed night!