Someone may ask, “How can I be assured that God loves me and does not hold my sins against me?”
The answer, simply put, is this: Look not to yourself, but to Jesus.
Consider what Jesus, God’s Son, has done for you. Everything He did for you – His perfect life on your behalf, His death on the cross for your sins, His resurrection from the grave for your victory – these speak of God’s love for you.
Consider what Jesus says to you: His living and enduring message of mercy to you through His Word, His powerful promise of forgiveness attached to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – these call you to take refuge in His love.
This is a love that loved you before you were born, loved you even while you were still a sinner, loved you with blood, sweat, and tears, literally loved you to death. Why? So that you could live forever with Him in heaven.
So believe the good news! God’s great love for you says that you are forgiven fully through the works and words of Jesus!
So then, “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.” (Jude 1:21) Look not to yourself, but to Jesus!
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.