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Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).
Other Scriptures: John 3:16-18; 6:37; 1 Timothy 1:15-17
One thing most human beings long for is acceptance. The average human being wants to be embraced by those who love him (or her) – and society at large – the way he (or she) is. We were not made to navigate this world and go through life on our own. We need help and acceptance from at least one other person. This is indispensable for success in the world.
We can be so concerned about fulfillment in this life that we do not think long and hard enough about our eternal destiny. It is true from a Biblical standpoint that what we do here on earth affects us in the afterlife, but it is also true that this world is not our home (Genesis 47:9); we are here for a reason, no matter the circumstances in which we were born (Romans 14:4; Revelation 4:11). We are here primarily to discover the source and sustainer of all things (Almighty God) for ourselves and live for Him all of our days. Whoever is reading this (a brother or a sister) needs to know that God Almighty desires that you come as you are. Your life is a story the Lord wants to use to bless many for generations to come, just as the stories of those who came before us bless and strengthen us today. God is not as interested in anything you can (or will) do for Him as He is in your heart. Do you hunger to know and love Him for who He is? Do you accept that He is by far the most important person you have heard (or will ever hear) of? Do you accept that you are lost without Him? And finally do you accept that His verdict concerning your life is more important than the praises (or insults) of the whole world? If your answer to these questions is yes, I invite you to make Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Lord of your life today! Trust Him to deal with your past, preserve and protect you today, and give you a tomorrow of peace (Jeremiah 29:11).