How Can You Know That You Are Forgiven?
These last eight weeks have flown by, and I pray that we’re ending this study a little wrecked, a lot changed, and in complete awe of our great God and His mind-blowing gift of forgiveness.
Many nights were spent praying and writing this book (and then praying some more, begging Jesus for the words), and we believe that there’s no better time to share from God’s Word about what it really means to be forgiven.
We wanted a book that was real and raw – one that would let women know that they are not alone in the struggles of this life. The truth is, the team of women who contributed to this book sacrificed some serious guts and vulnerability in sharing their stories. Why would they do that? Because Jesus is worthy. Our prayer is that through these pages you’ll be stunned by Jesus and His grace – either for the first time, or all over again – and that this truth will transform each of us so radically that it spills over into the hurting world around us.
But maybe you’ve read these pages and you still question whether God has really forgiven you.
We implore you – don’t wait another day to embrace the love and forgiveness that Jesus has for you. How can you do that?
Know these truths from God’s Word…
God loves you.
Even when you’re feeling unworthy and like the world is stacked against you, God loves you – yes, you – and He has created you for great purpose.
God’s Word says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Our sin separates us from God.
We are all sinners by nature and by choice, and because of this we are separated from God, who is holy.
God’s Word says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Jesus died so that you might have life.
The consequence of sin is death, but your story doesn’t have to end there! God’s free gift of salvation is available to us because Jesus took the penalty for our sin when He died on the cross.
God’s Word says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23); “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Death could not hold Him, and three days after His body was placed in the tomb Jesus rose again, defeating sin and death forever! He lives today in heaven and is preparing a place in eternity for all who believe in Him.
God’s Word says, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Yes, you can KNOW that you are forgiven.
Accept Jesus as the only way to salvation…
Accepting Jesus as your Savior is not about what you can do, but rather about having faith in what Jesus has already done. It takes recognizing that you are a sinner, believing that Jesus died for your sins, and asking for forgiveness by placing your full trust in Jesus’s work on the cross on your behalf.
God’s Word says, “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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
Practically, what does that look like? With a sincere heart, you can pray a simple prayer like this:
I know that I am a sinner.
I don’t want to live another day without embracing
the love and forgiveness that You have for me.
I ask for Your forgiveness.
I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the dead.
I surrender all that I am and ask You to be Lord of my life.
Help me to turn from my sin and follow You.
Teach me what it means to walk in freedom as I live under Your grace,
and help me to grow in Your ways as I seek to know You more.
If you just prayed this prayer (or something similar in your own words), would you email us at [email protected]? We’d love to help get you started on this exciting journey as a child of God!
*Let’s talk: Let’s celebrate!! In the comments below, share one way God’s Word has impacted YOU during our You Are Forgiven study…
At His feet,
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