How You Can Experience God's Love
The central theme of the Bible is God's love for you. This love was revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death you can have eternal life. You can experience God's love and know for certain where you will spend eternity. Do you desire purpose, meaning and a reason to live? Deep down most of us ponder these things and wonder why we feel empty. We each have an emptiness in our lives, and regardless of how hard we try, nothing we do can fill the void in a lasting way. Relationships, possessions, success and even religion fall short of occupying this space
A personal relationship with God fills this emptiness.
The following four principles will help you discover a personal relationship with God.
1. Realize that God loves you and has created you to know Him personally
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
What prevents us from having this relationship?
2. People are separated from God by their own choices, which the Bible calls sin. This makes it impossible to know God personally or experience His love.
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23.
3. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, provided the way to have relationship with God. "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me'." John 14:6
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." 1 Corinthians 15:3-6
But it’s not enough to know this truth:
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Then we can know God personally and experience His love.
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." John 1:12
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." Revelation 3:20
Receiving Christ involves turning to God and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive us of our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. You can receive Christ now by asking God to forgive you and by inviting Christ to be Lord (CEO) of your life. God knows your heart and is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
The following is a suggested prayer:
"Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. In Jesus’ Name, amen."