Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness

We all have a deep need for love, acceptance, and forgiveness.  And that deep need is fully satisfied in our Savior, Jesus Christ.  In Christ, you are … deeply loved … fully accepted … and completely forgiven.

You are deeply loved.  “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  When did God first love us?  Had we done anything “good” at that point to earn His love?  He loved us when we were actually His enemies.  He loved us and showed His love for us when Jesus died for us; when we were still lost on our sins.

You are fully accepted.  It is God’s deep love for you that made you His child.  “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are!” (I John 3:1).  You are a fully accepted child of God.  You can enter His room with confidence.  You can jump up on His lap.  You can cling to His neck.  He is your “Abba Father!”

You are completely forgiven.  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).  “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.  Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer an offering required for sin” (Hebrews 10:17-18).

You are completely and forever forgiven.  Your guilt, shame, and condemnation have been removed as far as the east is from the west.  They have been washed away.  They have been replaced by the superior love, acceptance, and forgiveness of God Himself.  You are completely forgiven.

But how do we receive this incredible love, acceptance, and forgiveness?  We receive it by faith.  We express our faith in Jesus and receive all of this as a one-time gift when we acknowledge our guilt, accept the free gift of Christ’s death in our place, and believe what Jesus says is true.  If you wish to say “I’m in” with this new faith in Christ, tell God in prayer about your decision.  Then, talk to someone about it.  If you would like to know more about God’s offer or talk with us about a decision you’ve made, contact us through the “our mission” page on this site.  We would be happy to come along side you.