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Q:

I was with my grandfather when he died, and almost his last words were urging me to come back to God. I left God behind almost 20 years ago, but I can't get my grandfather's words out of my mind. But would God even take me back?


A:

Yes, God not only would take you back — but He wants to take you back! He loves you even more than your grandfather did and yearns to welcome you into His family forever.

Have you ever asked yourself why you decided to leave God out of your life? I suspect I know the reason: You wanted to be free to run your own life, and you didn’t want God to interfere with it. But has this brought you true happiness? To put it another way, can you honestly say that your life is better than the faith-filled one your grandfather led? I doubt it. The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble” (Proverbs 19:23).

As I read your letter, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. (You can find it in Luke 15:11-32.) In it, Jesus told about a son who turned his back on his father, leaving home and spending his inheritance in wild living. But in time he came to his senses, and when he returned home his father ran to welcome him. This is a vivid picture of God’s love for us.

Don’t turn your back on God any longer, but repent of your sins and commit your life to Jesus Christ. Then thank Him not only for forgiving you, but also for giving you the gift of eternal life with Him — and with your grandfather — in heaven forever.

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3 Comments

  1. sarah says:

    I'm a teen and teenagers think they can run their own life without anyones help…..even God. I found myself failing in school, not doing well with my relationships, and even thinking of suicide. I finally realized that I was missing one HUGE thing in my live that could solve all this…..Jesus Christ. I had turned my back over and over and thought I couldnt ever come back, but now I know I can, Thank you Mr. Graham and THANK YOU Lord for dying for me!!!!

  2. Dan says:

    I'm in the same position. I accepted Jesus in 7th grade, and after a few years, I decided to go my own way. I became entangled in lust, money, anger, sin. God is now drawing me back, His love is incredible. Amazing grace.

  3. Travis says:

    I have a similar story to share, and some encouragement. I grew up going to church and believing in Jesus. I turned to a lot of sin and walked around thinking I was still good. I had an ego, I didn't forgive people, I hated people, I lusted. It took me getting sick to realize I'd messed up, but I was so scared 'what if I messed up forever?' I was terrified, but something inside urged me to read the bible and do research. Like Mr. Graham said, the Prodigal Son is definitely true of God's love. He didn't talk down to me, or push me away when I crawled back. He embraced me and promised to NEVER leave. And I've been happier than I've ever been. I'll be praying for you M.M. I really hope you come home.