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DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: My friend tells me God never gives up on any­one, but I don’t be­lieve it. I’ve promised God hun­dreds of times that I’ll do bet­ter, but then I goof up and go back to my old ways. God must have given up on me long ago. I would have, if I’d been in His place.

— S.J. DEAR S.J: Of­ten one of the hard­est truths for us to grasp about God is that He isn’t ex­actly like we are. Yes, if you were in God’s place, your pa­tience would have run out long ago — but you aren’t in God’s place. The Bi­ble says, “But you, Lord, are a com­pas­sion­ate and gra­cious God, slow to anger, abound­ing in love and faith­ful­ness” (Psalm 86:15).

What, then, is your prob­lem? The prob­lem is that you have made re­peated prom­ises to God — but you’ve sought to keep them with­out God’s help. You see, in our­selves we don’t have the spir­i­tual strength we need to change our lives and do what is right — not con­sis­tently. We are morally and spir­i­tu­ally weak, and with­out God’s help we can never over­come our ten­dency to do what is wrong. Even the Apos­tle Paul ad­mit­ted, “I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on do­ing” (Ro­mans 7:19).

But lis­ten: God still loves you, and He wants to come into your life and help you. And He will, as you ad­mit your sins and your helplessness to Him, and ask Je­sus Christ to come into your life. By a sim­ple prayer of faith com­mit your life to Christ to­day.

Then ask God ev­ery day to help you fol­low Je­sus in­stead of your old ways of liv­ing. Don’t spend an­other hour with­out Christ, but daily turn your heart and mind to Him.

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