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Are you a good person?
If you are like most people, they consider themselves good (Romans 3:10). Well, in order to see if you are a good person, let’s take a look at a few of God’s commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and ask yourself these questions answering them from an honest heart…
Have you ever lied (even a little white lie or an exaggeration)?
Have you ever stolen something (even a small thing)?
Have you ever committed adultery (remembering that Jesus said “whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, by your own admission you are a liar, thief, adulterer, or all of the above. Knowing that you have broken God’s commandments and you must face him on Judgment Day (Revelation 20:11-15), would you be innocent or guilty? I think if you were honest, you know that you would stand guilty before Him and because you are guilty of breaking God’s law, you must suffer death and eternal punishment in hell to pay for your sins (Romans 6:23).
“But God commendeth (demonstrated) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). That is great news because even though you have broken God’s law, God loved you so much that He chose to send His only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for your sins and take the punishment you deserve. The Bible also says that Jesus Christ rose again from the grave, defeating death and if you “confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
What do you do now? If you will simply confess (repent of) your sins and trust that God has forgiven you – He will forgive you (1 John 1:9) and give you everlasting life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23). Right now through prayer you can express to God your guilt over sin and your thankfulness to Him for paying the price of your sin on the cross.
As a result of trusting in Jesus Christ as the payment for your sin, the Bible promises that you are “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and that you are now a part of God’s family (John 1:12). Begin reading the Bible daily and it will give you instruction for living life as a part of God’s family.