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By   •   August 25, 2014   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Every day, I really try to please God by doing everything I think He'd want me to do, but how do I know if I've succeeded? I hope I'll be good enough to get into heaven.


A:

It’s not wrong to want to please God, of course; far too many people, I’m afraid, simply ignore Him or don’t care what He thinks about them. The Bible urges us to “please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work” (Colossians 1:10).

But listen: It is wrong to want to please God for the wrong reason! Right now, you hope that you can somehow get God to like you, if you’ll only be good enough. In other words, you hope you can earn God’s love by being a good person. And that probably sounds logical to you, since that’s the way we often treat each other.

But God isn’t like this! No matter how good we are, we can never earn God’s love — because God’s standard is perfection. In other words, even one sin — just one — would be enough to keep you out of heaven. The Bible says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it” (James 2:10).

Does this mean God will never love you, and you can never be saved? Absolutely not! You aren’t perfect, but Jesus was, and He came to forgive you and make you part of His family forever. He did this because God loves you and wants you to be with Him in heaven forever. Now God offers you salvation as a free gift — free, because Christ has already paid for it by His death on the cross for you. Receive this gift today by trusting Christ — and not yourself — for your salvation.

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10 Comments

  1. Betty Morgan says:

    I love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and trust Him with every facet of my life! Hallelujah to the precious and almighty Lamb of God!

  2. Lisa Statzer says:

    thank you

  3. Thomas Ipe says:

    If I have any chance of getting into Heaven, it will only be when I am covered in the garment of grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and certainly NOT by my merits or good deeds. All I am looking forward to is meeting “This Man” who died for me; and that will be the most wonderful moment in my life.

  4. Sheila says:

    Very Goood, straight to the point, biblical answer. Receive the gift of salvation today.

  5. Geneva Massiel l says:

    I am having trouble hearing from God. Used to be I could hear His voice loud and clear. I was in a car accident in 2001 which left me paralized and I also had a concuson. I have problems concentrating now. Can you pray for me?

  6. Darlene Ford says:

    Thank you for this message it is indeed timely and one we all need to read.

  7. Sandra Glenn says:

    This should be on billboards everywhere!

  8. Brenda says:

    I am so thankful we have a God that loves us this much and I really enjoy reading and receiving Mr. Graham’s resources ! Thank you always Mr. Billy Graham !

  9. Lilian says:

    Billy Graham’s ministry is always encouraging & reasuarring in my walk with christ.

  10. Terry Lathrop says:

    Billy Graham is truly a man of God.