Jesus wants to for­give you no mat­ter your past of­fenses

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I’ll be re­leased from prison in a few months, and I’m re­ally scared. I don’t have the strength to stay on the straight and nar­row, and I know I’ll just end up back in prison (al­though I don’t want to). I guess I need God, but I doubt if God needs me. No one else does.

The most im­por­tant truth I can ever tell you — and the most im­por­tant truth you can ever know — is that God loves you, and he wants to come into your life and help you. God’s prom­ise is for you: “I have loved you with an ev­er­last­ing love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

How do I know this is true? The rea­son is be­cause God has al­ready demon­strated his love for us by send­ing his son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for us. He was with­out sin — but God ap­pointed him to be­come the fi­nal and com­plete sac­ri­fice for our sins. On the cross all our sins were placed on Him, and he took upon Him­self the judg­ment and Hell that you and I de­serve. And God proved this, by rais­ing him from the dead.

Would Christ have died for you if you were worth­less? Would Jesus have gone to the cross if he didn’t love you? No, of course not. He loves you, and he wants to for­give you for all your sins — no mat­ter what you’ve done. More than that, he wants to come into your life and give you the strength to live as you should.

By a sim­ple step of faith, in­vite Christ to come into your life to­day. Then ask him to lead you to a church where you can grow strong in your faith, and can meet peo­ple who will en­cour­age you and help you live for Christ.

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