The apostle Paul said: "All have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God" Romans 3:23). That makes us guilty as
charged. What is the penalty for our sin? "The wages of
sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
What could we say in our defense? "God demonstrates His
own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
Because Jesus became our substitute, the penalty has been
paid. But we must accept His forgiveness as a gift. The
only requirement is that we recognize our need and accept
His free offer.
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe
in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you
will be saved....For 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord
shall be saved' " (Romans 10:9,13).
If you haven't done so before, tell Jesus that you believe
He died as your substitute, and accept the free and unde-
served gift of forgiveness. That's the only way to be right
about your wrong, to be accepted by God, and be sure of Heaven