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Q:

I've made such a mess of my life and I know God doesn't want anything to do with me, because years ago, when I had the chance to turn my life over to Him, I turned away. I wanted to run my own life, and now I'm paying the price. Please tell people to accept God while they can, or they'll lose out like I have.


A:

I sincerely hope your letter will be a warning to someone who is tempted to turn away from God–just as you were years ago. The devil’s way always looks attractive but he never delivers what he promises. The Bible’s words are still true: “The way of the unfaithful is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).

But you are wrong to say God doesn’t want anything to do with you. God loves you and yearns for you to come back to Him so He can forgive you and welcome you home. Do you remember Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son? (You can read it in Luke 15:11.) He rebelled against his father and paid a terrible price as a result. But when he came to his senses and returned home, his father welcomed him. That is what God wants to do with you.

Think of it this way. Suppose you loved someone very deeply–but then that person rejected you and turned against you. How would you feel? Would you be angry? Perhaps–but if you really loved them, I think instead you would be very sad. That is how God feels about you.

Don’t stay on the devil’s highway one more day. Turn instead to Christ and give your life to Him. No, you can’t change the past, but with Christ in your heart the future can be different–both now and in eternity.

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20 Comments

  1. jose romero says:

    I really need need god in our life

  2. Ayo says:

    I been going to church all my life and my heart is so resistant, i don’t know how to give myself fully to God.

  3. Mary Payab says:

    I pray continuously to give my life over to Christ and always slip up and turn back to my old ways!😞 I get really sad because the devil always seems to lie to me and I go back to drinking, smoking cigarettes when I promise God and myself that I’m going to stop! I read the bible now and then and it’s so confusing that I stop and then I feel guilty and start again and feel like it’s no use and I’ll never get it!😞 I’m sad cuz I want the lord in my life! Please pray for me, that the lord will open doors of understanding and wisdom for me in my life before its to late!🙏 Thank you, Mary Payan GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY

    1. BGEA says:

      2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

      When you give your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you new life. He makes you a new person on the inside and gives you power to serve Christ. (For more on the Holy Spirit, click here: http://bit.ly/GF-HolySpirit.)

      The problem with sin is that it separates us from God. That’s why Christ died for us — to bridge the gap and allow us to have a personal relationship with Him.

      One reason we should avoid sin is because God wants us to love Him — and we cannot love God while loving sin. The Bible’s message is clear: “If anyone loves the (sinful) world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). Sin is an offense to God, and when we sin, we are turning our backs on Him and rejecting Him.

      A second reason why the Bible commands us to avoid sin is because of what it cost God to make our forgiveness possible. For us, forgiveness is a free gift; when we turn to Christ in repentance and faith, God promises to forgive us by His grace. But for God, forgiveness cost Him the life of His own Son. On the cross, Jesus became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins, shedding His blood for us.

      Jesus does forgive our sins when we ask for forgiveness — yes. But that doesn’t mean we should go on sinning without fear of punishment. Christ is holy, and our sin is a direct rebellion against His holiness. We should take it seriously and actively try to turn from our sins (repent) and live like Christ.

      We must also be careful not to misjudge God. Just because we ask forgiveness and are saved does not mean we won’t be punished for our sins. The Bible is full of stories about people who believed in God and looked forward to eternal life in heaven, but who still faced punishment for their sins. It is God’s way of correcting us and trying to get us to turn back to Him.

      Make it your goal to live for Christ, who “teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:12).

      For some practical help on overcoming temptation, click here: http://bit.ly/GF-Temptation.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have been raised in church but have turned from God. I’ve done so wrong and lived so horrible. I am so ashamed. Things I don’t want to even mention. I cannot forgive myself. I feel like a shame to my family. I don’t know if I can ever find my way back to God.

    1. BGEA says:

      If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ – trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family, and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

      Don’t trust your feelings; they aren’t dependable and will only lead you astray. Instead, trust Christ and what He has done for you by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Trust, too, in God’s promises to you – that He forgives and saves all who come to Christ by faith.

      Also ask God to help you forgive yourself. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20). If God has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself?

      Isaiah 43:25 says, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

      Thank God for His forgiveness – and then ask Him to free you from the past. And if it’s possible and applies to you, go back to those you hurt and let them know you regret what you did and you hope they’ll forgive you – just as Christ forgave you.

      For more on God’s forgiveness, click here: http://bit.ly/GF-GodsForgiveness

      And if you’d like to chat with someone from our team, you can connect with us here: http://peacewithgod.net/

  5. Felicia says:

    I need god in my life so bad. I lost my faith in him cause I lost everything but my two beautiful babies. my ex fiance left me and he happy. I just want to live a happy life with jesus and my family reunite.

    1. BGEA says:

      Felicia, you can have God in your life right this moment. Would you like to talk to someone about it? Our site explains how to have a relationship with Him, and you can use the chat button on this page to connect with someone from our team: http://peacewithgod.net/

      We have also passed on your message so we can reply further.