One, God Loves You Unconditionally
No matter what you might be going through, rest assured that God loves you unconditionally. He loves you just as you are. Romans 5:8 says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This means that the absolute worst thing you have ever done, God still loves you. He sent his Son, Jesus, as an atoning sacrifice for your sins (1 John 4:10). He is a compassionate and gracious God, “slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”(Psalm 86:15). Romans 8:38-39 says, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Two, God’s Grace Is Sufficient.
God’s grace is sufficient to meet your basic needs of life and to pull you through difficult times. Even if you are facing hard consequences of your own doing, God’s grace is there for you. He doesn’t say, “You did this to yourself so you will have to deal with it.” Whatever your needs are, whether emotional or physical, you can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, that you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Do you have to live or work with difficult people, or are you trying to make a difficult marriage endure? Seek God’s grace. Are you weak physically or emotionally depressed? 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “God’s grace is sufficient for you, for his power is made perfect in weakness.” The Greek word for “sufficient” implies endurance, strength, and satisfaction.
Three, God Can Be Your Source Of Peace And Security.
There are four kinds of peace. The first, is outward peace in one’s environment and what goes on around you as you go throughout your day. For that peace Jesus says, “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world”(John 16:33). Psalm 121:8 adds, “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in.”
Second, is peace in one’s relationships. Romans 12:18 exhorts us to, “if possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Former President Ronald Reagan stated, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means.”
Third, is peace with God. This is expressed in Romans 5:1, “through being justified by faith.” This is for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
Fourth, there is inner peace obtained through the indwelling Spirit of God, as stated in Philippians 4:7. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Four, You Can Have A New Beginning.
You can have a fresh new start in life with God. Your life may be really messed up, but God is the God of second and third chances. You don’t have to live in your past. Through his grace and forgiveness you can begin anew! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old has passed away, the new has come.” Get past your past and look forward to your potential. Seek God’s purpose for your life.
Five, You Can Have The Assurance of Salvation And Going To Heaven.
Many people believe they are saved when they are not. Spiritual salvation is not based on being religious or doing good works. Even the most righteous person in the world may not be saved. Salvation is only through Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 says, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Then you can be assured of “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you”(1 Peter 1:4).