How Does One Have A Personal Relationship With Jesus?

John 3:16 says,

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not
perish, but have everlasting life."

God wants a relationship with you so much that He was willing to let His Son, Jesus, pay for your sins.  So, how does
one begin this personal relationship?

The Bible is clear on just how easy it is to begin your relationship with Christ.  It tells us that there are four basic things
that we need to know, understand and accept.

The first step in beginning a relationship with Christ is to realize that you are, in fact, a sinner.  

Romans 3:23 says,

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23 says that when compared to God, every individual on earth will come up short.  If you realize that there
are times through your actions, motives and thoughts that you go against God's laws and rules (major and minor ones)
for living, then you realize that you are a sinner.  This is the first step, and it is an easy one for an honest person to
accept and admit.

The second step in beginning a relationship with Christ is to realize that there must be a punishment for our sin.  This is different than suffering the results of our sin.  If God is holy, (and He is) then He must have devised a punishment for
breaking His laws.

Romans 6:23 says,

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Revelation 20:14 tells us what is meant by death.  "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the
second death."  In Romans 6:23 the word wages is used.  This tells us that this is a punishment that we have earned
through our disobedience and disregard for God.  However unpleasant this is, there is good news.  But first we must
remember there are four things we needed to know, understand and accept.  The first is that we are a sinner.  The
second is that there is a punishment for my sin.

The third step in beginning a relationship with Christ is to realize that Jesus Christ has already paid your penalty or punishment for you.

Romans 5:8 says,

"But God commendeth (showed) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Read this verse again and see who Christ died for.  It was for sinners!  That is you and me.  This is great news!  It
means that I do not have to get my life all straightened out before He will have a relationship with me.  It means that He
will take me just as I am.  We said that there were four things we needed to know, understand and accept.  The first is
that we are a sinner.  The second is that there is punishment for my sin.  The third thing is that Jesus Christ has
already paid for my sin.  Now comes the fourth thing we need to know, understand and accept.  It is the one condition
that must be met for God to accept you just as you are.

The fourth step in beginning a relationship with Christ is that you must accept Him as your Saviour by realizing that He is the only one that can save you from your sin and by asking Him to forgive your sins.

Roman 10:9-10 says,

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and 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."

These verses tell us that in order to have a personal relationship with God, we must realize that we are a sinner and
that Jesus Christ died to pay for our sins, and we must make a conscious decision to ask Him to forgive us.

Romans 10:13 says,

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved."

In order for us to find forgiveness, we must simply ask.

Jesus has already paid for your sins.  You must simply accept Him as your Saviour.  Wouldn't you like to begin that
relationship with God right now?  Why not acknowledge Jesus as your Saviour and ask His forgiveness for your sin?

If you would like to accept Jesus as your Saviour right now, use the prayer below as a guide and ask Him for His
forgiveness.  He will forgive you just as you are.

Dear Jesus,

I know that I am a sinner.  I know that you died to pay for my sin.  Come into my life and forgive me of my sin.  I accept you as my Saviour now.  Thank you for saving me and for giving me a relationship with you.  Amen.

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