DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m a single mom with a couple of small children. I know I’ve messed up my life big time, but I don’t know what to do about it. Is there hope for me? I know you’ll say I need God, and I probably do, but I’d feel out of place going to church. — K.S.
DEAR K.S.: One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God wants to welcome us just as we are. He knows all about us; he knows our past, and he knows all about the wrong decisions we’ve made, yet he still loves us and wants us to become part of his family forever.
How do I know this is true? I know it first of all because God has promised it to us in his word, the Bible, and God cannot lie. The Bible tells us that God doesn’t hate us, but he does hate the sin that we’ve allowed to control us.
The Bible also tells us that God can change our lives and give us hope for the future, and he will, as we turn our lives over to Christ. Jesus’ promise is for you: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
I know most of all that God loves us and welcomes us because of Jesus Christ. Jesus came into the world for one reason: to bring us back to God. He did this by destroying the only barrier that separates us from God: the barrier of sin.
I invite you to turn to Jesus and ask him to come into your life today, and he will. Then ask him to guide you to a church where you will not only feel welcomed, but can also grow in your faith. God bless you.
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