DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Years ago, I decided I didnt want anything to do with God, but now Im facing some serious health issues and I know I made a mistake. Youll probably say its not too late to turn to God, but I have a hard time believing it. Why should I? A.F.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR A.F.: If God treated us the way we usually treat each other, then youd be right to wonder if hed ever forgive us. After all, we usually treat people the same way they treat us and if they treat us badly, we arent likely to forgive them.
But God isnt like this! God loves us, and even when we reject him or even hate him, he still loves us. This doesnt mean he is indifferent to our wrongdoing or doesnt care what we do because he does. Nor does it mean we wont pay a price for our wrongdoing because we will, both now and in eternity. The Bibles words are true: You may be sure that your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23).
But God still loves us, in spite of our sin, has promised to forgive us if we sincerely turn to him in repentance and faith. How do we know this is true? We know it because Jesus Christ gave his life for us. Would Christ have died for your sins if God didnt want to forgive you? Of course not.
Dont carry this burden any longer, but tell God youre sorry for the way youve rebelled against him, and by faith ask Christ to come into your life. You can trust Gods promise: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
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