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This past year wasn't very good for me, and I can't blame anyone but myself. I know I need God, but how much do I have to clean up my life before He'll have anything to do with me? He must be very angry at me.


The most important truth I can tell you is that God still loves you, in spite of the fact you’ve spent most of your life ignoring Him. No, God doesn’t love your sin—but He does love you, and He wants to forgive you and come into your life and change you.

And that’s why God won’t refuse to have anything to do with you until you’ve cleaned up your life! He knows how weak you are, and He welcomes you just as you are. If God didn’t love you, Jesus Christ never would have left Heaven’s glory and died on the cross for you. But He did—because He loves you! Let the truth of God’s Word sink deeply into your soul: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Think of it this way. When you’re sick, do you have to wait until you’re almost well before you can see the doctor? Of course not. Your doctor will help you no matter how sick you are—and the same is true with Christ. Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32).

Don’t stay on a dead-end road; don’t reject Christ any longer. Instead, by faith turn to Him today, repenting of your sins and asking Him to forgive you and save you and come into your life. It’s the most important decision you will ever make.

Ready for a new start? Receive God’s forgiveness now.

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  1. curtis johnson says:

    I’m particular about choosing heroes, but years ago, Billy Graham became mine. He earned the right to be by showing the Christian way.

  2. Paul chandler says:

    I have recently come back to Christ. And I thank you wonderful men and women of BGEA. Most of all praise God for all the blessings He has given us all.

  3. Ted Thurnau says:

    Thank you for the uplifting email messages! They always come at the times that I need them most.

  4. Mike farrow says:

    My experience has been that seeking God’s face is where my peace that I get and I have comes from. The real peace is salvation but seeking God’s face comes from His Word, fellowship, and showing His love to others. Thanks for all you do, Mr. Graham.

  5. Robert D. Smith says:

    I spent a time in Bangkok, Thailand, during the North Korean conflict but later came to Christ in Greeley, Colorado. We will be praying for your ministry in Thailand.

  6. Evelyn Cunningham says:

    My son is in jail after many years of living a life full of sin. He is now reaching out for the first time and beginning to take responsibility for his life. Says he is praying every night and wants to be a better person but can’t control himself. He is on the edge of committing his life to Christ but seems “afraid” to try it. This mother is praying that God will continue to work on his heart until he does. God bless you Billy! For all you are and the encouragement you have given so many to come to Jesus, the TRUE ANSWER!

  7. Christine says:

    Yes, I’m in agreement with the prayer above. Also, I want to completely turn my life around.

  8. Mary Jo Chewning says:

    My thanks go out to whoever asked that question. It came at the perfect time for me because I am where this person is at this time. I was on the right path with God but then I faltered and didn’t do anything to stay in touch with My Savior. Once again thank you to the person who wrote the question because I know now that I can get back on my path with God.

  9. Sherrie Lorenzana says:

    Pastor Graham, I am praying for you and your ministry as you travel around the world. I am a true believer in God and I know He is always with you. May God bless you and your family in 2018 and the years to come.