The Love Message

A Personal Message

There is a personal message for you from God: He loves you and wants you to be a part of His kingdom.

All too often people hear the wrong message about God. Some common misconceptions about the Christian God include:

If there is anything that does make God angry, it’s the fact that Christian leaders themselves have often failed to present a complete picture about God. Often, they have emphasized His justice over His love (“You will surely go to hell if you continue to sin”), they have preached His Law over His grace (“Keep the Ten Commandments, or else”), and they have taught His demand for obedience over His desire for relationship (“Just obey Me whether you like it or not”).

The true message that God wants you to hear is this: He loves you and wants you to have a personal relationship with Him. He not only desires you to experience His love, He also wants you to express His love to others. The Bible is the story of how to experience and to express God’s love.

Because God is who He is and you and I are who we are, God gets to design the plan for experiencing and expressing His love. Here is the abbreviated version of His plan, as presented in the Bible.

Perhaps you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord. Or, perhaps you have believed the wrong things about God and none of what you have done has worked. Just remember this: God loves you and wants you to be a part of His family. In fact, He loves you so much that if you were the only person living on earth, He would still have sent His Son to die for you on the cross. That’s how great the love of God is: He loves everyone, but He also loves you personally. The truth is that the more you have removed yourself from God’s love, the more He loves you! He weeps that you are not experiencing His love, the love of a perfect Father. He grieves that you have hurt yourself so many times by not knowing about His love for you. And He hangs His head in sorrow that you have believed so many things that are not true about Him or failed to believe the things that are true.

The real question is this: is there any good reason not to begin to experience and express God’s love? If you answered “No” to that question, then I encourage you to begin having a personal relationship with God right now. Don’t wait for more information. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Begin your new life today. Say a prayer like this to begin to experience and express God’s love.

Dear Lord God, I have failed You in so many ways.

I know that I have never experienced Your perfect love, and I know that I have failed so many times to love others the way You wanted me to love them.

I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that I have sinned against Your love.

I acknowledge that I have believed things that are not true according to Your Word, the Bible, and I acknowledge that I have failed to believe and accept the things that are true. I have rejected Your Truth.

For these things, I am sorry. As the Bible says, “I repent of my sins.”

I therefore accept Jesus Your Son as my personal Lord. I affirm this by saying, “Jesus, I want You to be the Lord of my life.”

Lord God, having received Jesus as my Lord, I now thank You for forgiving me of all my sins.

I thank You for granting me eternal life, simply because I accepted Your offer of love and said this prayer in my heart by faith.

I thank You for sending the Holy Spirit into my life to help me change. From here on, for the rest of my life, I want more than anything to experience and express Your love.

In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

My friend, if you said this prayer in your heart...welcome to the family of God! May the Lord continually bless you in your new relationship with Him.

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