God Loves You!
John 3:16 tells us, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God loves you! He is more than an impersonal police officer or schoolmaster; He cares about you personally and desires a relationship with you. He loves each of us so much that he sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. But why?
Our Sin Separates Us From God
Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Every individual who has ever walked this earth has sinned against God. Our sins merit a penalty, which is separation from God forever. Revelation 21:8 describes what that penalty is: "8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Jesus Paid for your Sins
Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." When Jesus died on the cross, he offered full payment for the sins of every person who has ever walked the Earth. He who committed no sin took our place to receive the penalty for our sins, which is death. This is the ultimate expression of His love for us, and He offers to take that penalty completely free of any charge. Not only that, but he proved that His offer was genuine by rising from death three days later.
You Must Trust Jesus By Faith
Romans 10:9 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." If you realize that your sins separate you from God; if you believe that Jesus lived a sinless life, died for your sins, and rose again; if you understand that He is the only way you can be saved from your sins: You can turn from your own way and trust solely in Jesus to save you from the penalty of sin. Trusting Him is called "Faith." And God promises in Romans 10:13 that He will bestow His grace on those who do so: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." If you put your faith in Christ, you will be saved!