What is God like? Some people picture Him as an angry God, some kind of monster with an all-seeing eye, carrying around a big stick, ready to clobber them–a cruel tyrant who is trying to frighten them into Hell. But actually, God is love (1 John 4:8). He is a loving God who is trying to love everyone into Heaven. He’s so close, so intimate, so personal, so loving, so kind, so tender, so gentle, so concerned–and He’s waiting with open arms. The only reason He follows us around is that He’s hoping we’ll turn around and meet Him with open arms.
God never rejects us or withdraws His love. He always has hope for us no matter how far we’ve strayed. So if you feel far from God, maybe it’s because you haven’t opened your heart to receive His love and forgiveness. You need not continue to feel condemned for your mistakes and sins; only be sorry, ask for God’s forgiveness, and be forgiven (Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9).
If you will even start going God’s way–if you’ll just turn toward Him and start trying to find your way Home-the Father will come running toward you and receive you with open arms of love (Luke 15:18-24).
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If you haven’t yet experienced God’s love and forgiveness, you can right now by sincerely praying a simple prayer like the following:
Thank You, Jesus, for paying the price for my mistakes and wrongs, so I can be forgiven and put my past behind me. Thank You that You cleanse me from all sin–past sin, sin now, and sin hereafter-by faith. I ask You now, dear Jesus, to come into my heart, forgive me, and give me Your gift of eternal life. Amen.