Q: I deliberately turned my back on God as a teenager, and for years I was convinced I’d made the right decision. But now I’m not so sure. Has God turned his back on me, since I turned my back on him? — C.G.
A: From what you say, I suspect you’re actually asking two questions: Was it wrong for me to turn away from God? And if so, will he ever forgive me — or is it too late?
Were you wrong to turn your back on God? If I’d asked you that question a few years ago, you probably would have given me an emphatic “No!” But now you’ve started to question this — and the reason, I suspect, is because you’ve begun to realize you’re on a dead-end road. You thought living without God and only for yourself would bring you happiness and peace, but you’ve discovered it’s a lie. The Bible warns, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25).
But has God turned his back on you the same way you’ve turned your back on him? Absolutely not! God loved you then, and in spite of your rebellion and sin, he loves you still. The Psalmist said, “I will declare that your love stands firm forever” (Psalm 89:2).
How do we know God loves us and is willing to forgive us, even when we’ve wandered far from him? We know it because of Jesus Christ, who sacrificed his life for us. God loves you that much! Don’t wander any longer, but ask Jesus to come into your life today. God’s promise is true: “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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