Saying sorry to God

Saying sorry to God

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If we had to write a list of the people, we should say sorry to… how many people would be on it? Would God be on it? And if so, would He be right at the top?

Unless we are in a relationship with Jesus, our list should start with Him. Jesus should be at the top. If you are asking why, living a life without Him in it is a good starting point. But add doing things we knew we should not have done. As well as not doing things, we should have done. If we have ever told a lie, stolen, taken anything that did not belong to us – even a pen from a hotel or hated someone. Or drooled over some guy or girl in a lustful way, the reasons to say sorry start piling up. In the Bible, Jesus says: “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28).

It is not about being a good person. If only. All the bad stuff we do the Bible calls this sin. All of us have sinned, including me. It’s not about pointing the finger.
The Bible says: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3.23). Fair enough, we might not have killed anyone or been to jail. But compared to Jesus, no one is good. The Bible also says, “There is none righteous. No one is righteous…no not one.” Romans 3:10. And if you have been to jail or done some terrible things, unforgivable things, Jesus came for you. If you have messed up, He came for you. He came to save those who do not have it all together. He came for those of us who have made mistakes. Big and small.

The Bible tells us: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17) It tells us this in the Bible, when Jesus says: “Those who are well have no need for a physician but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32). When we are sick in our physical bodies, we go to doctor. And when our spirit is sick, we go Jesus. We might not think your spirit is sick, but it is if you do not know Jesus. And if the spirit is sick it affects your whole body.

Jesus came for those who have messed up. Have you messed up? Have you done something terrible? Something you think you cannot be forgiven. You are wrong to think that. Because Jesus can forgive you. Just ask. You need to say sorry to God and ask Him to forgive you. And to turn away from those things you know you should not do. This is called repentance. A preacher once said repentance is the only way to be healed. He was right. The Bible says God is: “Not willing for anyone to perish but all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) This means we need to say sorry to God.

Repentance allows us to begin a relationship with God. Repent means to turn away, to be willing to leave sins behind. Only Jesus can help us do this. It is what we choose in this life, that determines where our spirit will spend eternity after we die. If we do not ask for forgiveness and repent for our sins, and have a relationship with Jesus now, we face ending up in Hell. This can be hard to hear, we know the truth can be tough, but not telling you is worse. But there is hope. It is in Jesus. He offers eternal life in Heaven through His death on the cross. This is the good news of the Gospel. We just need to repent and follow Jesus to accept this gift of salvation. The Bible says: “From that time on Jesus began to preach, Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand (has come near).” (Matthew 4:17) We need to come Him.

Saying sorry means being humble. And with God, this is the right attitude. God is calling us to repentance. In the Bible, God says: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14). If we want our land to be healed, we need to come to Jesus. If we want to be forgiven. We need to come to Jesus. And we need to be willing to say sorry first.

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