DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How bad do you have to be before God won’t have anything more to do with you? I’ve messed up my life pretty badly, but does this mean God is so disgusted with me that He won’t have anything more to do with me? I hope not, but I’m afraid so. — D.K.
DEAR D.K.: The only person God can never forgive is the person who refuses to seek his forgiveness. The Bible says, “Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:7).
Why, then, would anyone (including you) refuse to turn to God and seek his forgiveness? Why would anyone refuse the gift of eternal life God offers to all who put their faith and trust in Christ? Some do, I’ve found, because they’re afraid God will reject them and refuse to forgive them; others refuse because they want to keep on living the sinful life they’ve always lived. And some refuse simply because they hate God and don’t want anything to do with him.
But whatever their excuse, there’s no reason for anyone to turn away from God and refuse his gift of forgiveness — a gift that Christ purchased at the cost of his life. God loves you, and no matter what your past has been, God wants to forgive you and welcome you home. Don’t risk your soul any longer, for (as the Bible warns), “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
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Instead, by a simple prayer of faith tell God you know you’ve sinned, and you know that you need him. Then ask Christ to come into your life, and he will. In Christ “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14).
Write “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; or go to BillyGraham.org.
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