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Accept Jesus' Love

God loves us, and because He loves us, He invites us to a relationship with Him that is personal and real. The invitation comes through God’ s m essenger, the Holy Spirit: Follow My Son, Jesus, as your Lord and Savior, and I will give you an amazing life! Not an easy life. But an amazing, abundant life. The invitation also comes through Jesus Himself as He speaks to us through the words of the Bible: “Come, follow me.” (Matt. 4:19). If we accept His invitation, we begin a new life that brings joy and bears fruit.

How do we accept Jesus’ invitation?  There are no magic words, but we need to accept the fact that He saved us from our sin and agree to follow Him as our Lord. On a beautiful day in April of 1980, I accepted Jesus’ invitation by saying something like this to God and to Jesus:

“Father, I love You. I know that I have not always done what You wanted me to do. I have sinned against You and other people, and I deserve to die for my sins. But I believe that Your Son, Jesus, died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. I believe that You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is in heaven with You now.

Jesus, I give You all that I am, and all that I have, and all that I will be. Come into my life a s m y Lord and show me how to follow You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I love You. Amen.”