The Good News and your decision
All people are equal before God and all have a big problem because they are guilty before God.
Whether people do a lot of "good" or "evil", they are still separated from God because of sin. We have disobeyed God and His ordinances and have gone our own ways. We have moved away from God and want to be independent of God. The Bible sums it up very well:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory they should have before God."
Because God is a just and holy God, he will hold us accountable. Out of ourselves we cannot give anything that could justify us. Man cannot by his own strength dissolve the separation from God. Man's guilt is his greatest problem.
But there is a way out of this hopelessness, because God himself has made a way of salvation and deliverance from guilt and sin.
In the Bible we get to know God not only as a holy and just God, but also as a loving Father. He does not want people to be eternally lost and separated from him forever. Rather, he wants every person to be saved and then to live in a close relationship with him - here and for all eternity.
In order to make reconciliation possible and to restore a relationship, God in his love sent Jesus Christ, his Son, to this earth. He was to take the punishment for our guilt vicariously upon himself. And that is exactly what Jesus did. He became man. He explained to us the mystery of the kingdom of God and showed us how great God's love is. Jesus died on a cross on the hill of Golgotha, near the city of Jerusalem. Jesus died in our place, because of our guilt. God accepted Jesus' substitutionary death and raised him from the dead.
from the dead. Therefore, we can be freed from our basic problem, separation from God. We no longer have to bear the punishment for our guilt ourselves, because Jesus took it upon himself. You too can be saved or you can be lost. The decision is yours. Do you want to be saved and be with God later? Then you should definitely read on now.
1. Recognise your guilt.
Many people do not see their own sin. But before God everything is visible. He knows us exactly. We are like an open book before Him. He knows all the details of our lives. You can hide sin and guilt from people. One can justify the disregard of divine orders with many excuses. But with God, these excuses do not count. In the Bible we read: "What a man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7).
You must have already forgotten many of your sins. God does not forget them so easily. Maybe you try to hide your sins. God will bring them to light. The sins you did as a young man, the sins you did as a young girl, they will come out again. Then every mask will fall. The Bible said:
"Everything that is hidden will become visible" (cf. Luke 12:2).
Then God will have to call you to account for your sin and punish you. But forgiveness of your guilt is possible. However, forgiveness can only be received by the one who knows himself guilty. Recognising and admitting one's sin is the first step towards liberation and salvation.
2. Confess your guilt.
In the Bible, the way to forgiveness of sins is explained to us through many stories. In Psalm 32, the Bible tells us a lot about King David. He realised that he was guilty before God and he suffered from it. He then confessed his sin to God and God forgave him. David later wrote in
Psalm 32:1-5: "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is covered! Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, in whose spirit there is no deceit! For when I would have concealed it, my bones fainted from my daily lamentation. For thy hand was heavy upon me day and night... Therefore I confessed my sin unto thee, and my iniquity I hid not. I said, "I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord." And thou forgavest me the iniquity of my sin."
What did David do when he realised his sinful condition? He turned to God and asked him for help. He confessed his guilt to him. And as a result, he received forgiveness. Surely you cannot remember every single sin in your life. Nor is it a question of searching our past down to the smallest detail. But we must recognise that it is not just a few serious sins that separate us from God, but that our whole life is marked by sin. We have rebelled against God by going our own way. Our whole way of life is permeated with sin. Yet God's promise holds true:
"But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
3. Invite Jesus to come into your life!
Those who recognise their sinful condition feel the desire to have someone who will stand by them from now on. God forgives when we confess. But it is not enough just to confess the sinful deeds. We need someone who gives us strength to live a new life. This "someone" is Jesus Christ. Jesus came to take away all our guilt. But he wants to do even more. He makes us children of God and gives us a completely new life.
"All who received him [Jesus] and believed in his name, to them he gave the right to be called children of God." Gospel of John 1:12
You too can experience this today! Go to a place where you are all alone and start talking to Jesus. It doesn't matter how many words you use or how beautiful they are. It is important that you mean it sincerely. Jesus is there and hears you. He sees your heart and understands you. Tell him in your own words that you want to come to him now, that you have realised that you are a sinner and have sinned against God and people. Ask Jesus for forgiveness of your guilt. Then thank him that he also died for your sins on the cross. But don't stop halfway. Ask Jesus to come into your life now. Tell him that from now on you want to live with him and no longer serve sin. Tell Jesus to be your Lord from now on and to take over the further leadership of your life. You may find it difficult to formulate a prayer in your own words, in which case you can make the following prayer your own to entrust your life to Jesus Christ.
If you are ready to invite Jesus Christ into your life,
then you can say the prayer for yourself.
When you do, do it consciously and with all your heart.
Jesus Christ, here I am, calling on your name. Jesus, forgive me my sin and guilt.
My childhood, my youth, my whole past I bring to you.
Jesus, wash me in your blood and save me. The Bible says whoever receives you becomes a child of God. I believe that now and decide for you.
Jesus, I now receive you as my Saviour.
I believe that you are the Son of God.
Thank you for dying on the cross for my guilt.
Please forgive me for living without you until now.
I believe that you rose from the dead and are alive today.
I now hand over my life to you with all my worries,
fears, complaints, illnesses, pains, self-reproach and all other negative qualities and sins.
Please give me wisdom, truth and knowledge, as well as your Holy Spirit.
Be my constant companion, my Saviour and my Lord.
Come into my heart now and guide me through my life.
I want to walk my path with you.
Your decision is life-decisive!
Perhaps you would like to read the explanation of the three steps again?
1. Whoever has sincerely brought his sins, his whole old life, to Jesus in faith and prayer, is forgiven of his sins. - This step is also called "repentance" in the Bible.
2. Whoever has prayed to Jesus Christ and received him into his life in faith, has become a child of God and has eternal life. - The Bible also calls this event "new birth" (John 3:3). 3.
It is the gift of a new life from God. If you have gone this far, you may rejoice in God's great gift and thank Him again and again for it.
Now you should meet people who have experienced the same. Jesus wants us to hear his word in a good church/community and to get to know him better and better and to joyfully follow and serve him together with other Christians. One of the most beautiful experiences for a true Christian is when other people also come to know and find Jesus through him.
With this prayer you have taken the first step. We rejoice with you.
There is a great feast of joy for you in heaven.
Read in the Gospel of Luke 15:1-7