There are many people who have spent their lives making many mistakes. At the time these decisions seemed like good ideas. Sometimes we say and do things without thinking about them. On other occasions, we know that what we are doing is wrong, but we do it anyway.
Years later, a realization sets in that what was said and done was wrong and we are left with the reality of the guilt we feel. Often a deep sense of hopelessness causes depression, anxiety, and fear. Understanding that all of us are sinners by nature, the whole world must feel the sting of past mistakes and live under its guilt and regret.
It was for our sins and the guilt that comes after, that Jesus came into the world. It was because of our hopelessness and regrets, that Jesus died for us. At the cross, Jesus carried all of our sins with Him and He died for them all. As a result, any person can find forgiveness and release from the guilt that our mistakes leave us with.
It is because of God’s Grace that He sent His Son to die for us. God, knowing that we would never be able to change our past, sent us a Savior who would do for us what we were not able to do for ourselves.
At the end of our life, if we have brought all of our sins to Jesus, it will be God’s Grace that will cover our sins and grant us access to heaven. Not one of us is worthy of eternal life and there is no work of penance or payment that can ever change what we have done.
And the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. ~Exodus 32:33
Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die. ~Ezekiel 18:4
It was for this reason that God sent Jesus to bear, both our sins, and the penalty, that was due.
Even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~Ephesians 2:5-10 (NLT)
When any person comes to God and is truly sorry for their sins, and willing to cease from their practice, Jesus will take away those sins and they will cease to exist. This work is based upon what Jesus has done, not upon anything we might try to do. No one is saved by their own good works, but only by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is God living in the body of a man. Only Jesus was born without sin and lived a perfect life. Only Jesus has the power of an endless life, as the Eternal God (Hebrews 7:16). Because Jesus’ life is of infinite value, it was sufficient to pay for the lives of every human being born on the earth. The reason that Jesus is the only way to heaven is because only He was perfect and has the power of and endless life.
With the assurance of Jesus’ unlimited power as our Savior, we can have confidence that our sins are no more and we can live the rest of our lives free of guilt and regret.
Everyone who arrives in heaven at the end of their life, will know that they are not there because of anything they have done. Only because Jesus was perfect and gave His life for us, will we live forever and never be condemned.
Because we have been saved by grace, we should also give grace to everyone who sins against us. How can we accept God’s unlimited grace for ourselves but refuse to give it to those who offend us?
We live in this grace and treat everyone in our life with grace, because we understand that without God’s grace we would still be lost and without hope.
When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. ~Acts 11:23