In fact, God loves you right now just as much as he ever will.
Because of this, there is hope and forgiveness for you.
The gospel is this simple, and it's mysterious. It's beautiful and unimaginable. It's the story of humanity's brokenness and God's unfathomable love. It's God's rescue plan to bring you back to him.
God's Word is very clear. He created you with intentionality and purpose (Psalm 139:13). You have a reason for existence.
God is also very clear when it comes to what he thinks about you. There is nothing in your past that can keep you from experiencing true freedom and love in Christ. There is not a person in your life that can take away the purpose God has given you. There is not a single event that removes your worth. God is in the business of rewriting stories, and he wants to take every chapter of yours and breathe new life into it.
He has a plan, and you are part of it.
So often we feel overlooked and crushed because of the things we've done or the things that happened to us. We wonder how we could ever earn the love of God.
The truth is, we can't.
The first people God created — Adam and Eve — had the incredible freedom to walk with God in friendship. But Adam and Eve also had the freedom to choose something other than God — sin. When Adam sinned, the result was catastrophic. Humanity's relationship with God was broken, and we all faced spiritual death. Sin separated us from God and, subsequently, his plan and purpose for us. When we believe the lie that we know what's best and ignore what God says, we sin. When we think or act against the perfect character of God, we sin. Sin is rooted deeply in us, and we have a guilty standing before God. The Bible says we've all sinned (Romans 3:23) and we will never measure up on our own.
And just when that knowledge feels like the crushing blow, the good news of the gospel comes in and rescues us.
After Adam and Eve sinned, God could have started over. God also could have left us there to die in our sin. But because of his faithful and relentless love for us, he stepped in. The only, holy, all-powerful God became one of us. Jesus is the Son of God, God with us, fully God and fully man. He was perfect— the only sacrifice that could wipe away the sins of the world. So, because of his great love for us, he paid our debt of sin. He was beaten, bruised, and crucified (Philippians 2:8). He bore your sins, took your place, and died for you.
Jesus spent three days dead in the grave. On the third day, he rose from the dead and conquered sin. He walked among his disciples and many others. And he's still alive, sitting at the right hand of God. His resurrection swallowed up death itself and broke the power of sin.
Now, all of us have access to everlasting life. When we turn from sin and put our trust in Jesus, God's Word promises us that we will be saved (John 3:16).
Because Christ's death paid the penalty that should've been ours, we are blameless and loved before God himself. When we put our hope in Jesus, God sees the holy, perfect sacrifice of his Son, not the sin that used to consume our lives. What's even better is that nothing in all of creation will ever separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39).
This hope and new life are available for you — right here, right now. Whether you're sitting in a coffee shop, in your living room, walking down the street, or wondering if you'll ever measure up. You don't have to try — Jesus is waiting for you.
You can choose to live for him right now. All it takes is surrender through a simple prayer.
“Jesus, I know I'm not perfect. I've sinned, and I'm sorry. I believe you died for me and rose again, and freed me from sin. Give me a new life and show me who you really are. Thank you for your forgiveness, love, and grace. I want to live for you today and everyday. Amen.”