Many people think they have done things so bad that God would never save them. Yet the Bible is clear that God can and will save anyone who comes to Him by faith. Jesus said in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." This "whoever" includes every person—even you.
In addition to being willing to save you, Jesus is the only One who can save you. In John 14:6 He taught, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." In Acts 4:12, the apostles affirmed Jesus as the only way to be saved: "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
If God desires to save us and only He can save us, then how can we be saved? First, we must realize we need salvation. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and our sins deserve death (Romans 6:23). Our good works are not enough to make us right with God. Ephesians 2:8-9 teach, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Salvation is a free gift of God's grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
How do we place our faith in Jesus Christ? Romans 10:9 answers, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Salvation occurs when we accept Jesus as Lord and believe He rose again from the dead.
When we do, we can be confident that He will accept us. Romans 8:1 teaches, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." First John 5:13 adds that we can know for certain that we are saved and will spend eternity with the Lord when we die: "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life."
Have you been saved? If you have not or are uncertain if you have done so, you can decide right now to place your faith in Jesus Christ. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. Remember, salvation is a gift not based on anything we do. However, the following prayer is one you can use to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:
"Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. I know that you are willing to save me and that only you can save me. So right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God's Son who died to pay the penalty for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life."
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