WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS FORGIVEN MY SINS?
1. Recognize that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:10 As it is written: "There is no-one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no-one who does good, not even one." (NIV)
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NIV)
2. Recognize that there is a terrible and eternal punishment prepared for every sinner that does not repent of his sin and receive Christ as his savior.
Galatians 5: 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NIV)
Revelation 20: 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (NIV)
Revelation 21: 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars shall have their place in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (NIV)
3. Repent of your sins. Repentance is more than just a "sense of regret" or "feeling sorry" that you have done wrong. Repentance means that you are sorry enough that you have sinned, that you are now willing to make a change in your conduct. Repentance is a willingness to turn away from your sins and turn toward God's will for your life. Repentance does not mean that you must "fix everything that's wrong" with your life "before" you are saved. It does mean that you are willing to change whatever God says is wrong with your life after you have received Christ as your savior, and the Holy Spirit is living in your heart helping you to make the necessary changes.
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, (NIV)
Acts 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 7: 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. (NIV)
4. Believe that the word of God promises that God loves you and wants to forgive you. Jesus died on the cross to provide a way to forgive your sin. Ask God in prayer to forgive you of your sins, and in faith receive Christ as YOUR SAVIOR.
John 3:15 that everyone who believes in him (Jesus) may have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, (NIV)
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NIV)
Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ (NIV)
Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (NIV)
Romans 10:13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (NIV)
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