Psychologists have long known that every person has two great longings and inward needs. The first is to be loved and the second is to love. But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love. The tragedy is that we often look in the wrong places to fill this deep, deep need and longing. Some substitue lust for love. Other pursue material things or superficial relationships-all in the futile attempt to fill a God-shaped vacuum in the human heart. Sadly, it's our sinful natures that separate us from God and from fulfilling our deepest needs and longings. But there is good news! There is a love worth finding and a love worth sharing. The Bible says that "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Here on the cross of Christ, God's mighty love was revealed and offered unconditionally to all who would be saved. Do you long to know this mighty love? Then I need to ask you the most important question you'll ever be asked: Do you know beyond a shadow of doubt that God loves you, that your sins are forgiven, and that you are saved and on your way to heaven? The great news is, you can know!
Admit Your Sin- First, you must admit that you are a sinner. The Bible says, "There is none righteous,no, not one." Romans 3:10 "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 Sin is the offense against God that carries a serious penalty. According to Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death (eternal separation from the love and mercy of God.)"
Abandon Your Efforts- Second, you must abandon any efforts to save yourself. Even "getting religion" cannot get you to heaven. If we could save ourselves, Jesus' death would have been unnecessary! Even worse, it would be useless. But the Bible says it is "not by works of rightousness which we have done, but according to His (God's) mercy He saved us." Titus 3:5 Salvation is "not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:9
Ackcowledge Christ's Payment-But what you cannot do for yourself, Jesus Christ has done for you! "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 He died on the cross for you, and He rose from the dead to prove that His payment was acceptable to God. All you have to do is acknowledge and believe. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31
Accept Christ as Your Savior-Salvation is God's gift to you. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23 When someone offers you a priceless gift, the wisest thing you can do is accept it! This very moment, you can receive Christ's gift of salvation by sincerely praying to God from your heart and asking Him for forgiveness of your sins and eternal life. You'll be eternally glad to know the love worth finding!