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Why Do I Need a Savior?

Personally, I have never wondered about whether or not I needed a Savior to get to Heaven. I imagine some people wonder about that since they have never committed any of the "big" sins like murder or adultery, but I knew that I was not good enough to get into Heaven. So on June 19th, 2019 at my bedside, I followed the ABCs of salvation and got saved. What I prayed was this:  I Admitted that I was a horrible sinner and had done terribly immoral things against a Holy God. I Believed in my heart that Jesus Christ was a real person (the Messiah) sent by God to Earth to pay for my sins by taking the punishment for them, and that He really did rise from the dead. I Confessed that Jesus Christ is my LORD and Savior and pledged to follow Him for the rest of my life. I really wanted that new life that God promised in 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

It was difficult to trust Jesus fully and to understand the concept of Grace, which is defined as "unmerited favor". How could I get off "scott free" and get into Heaven after all the heinous things I had done, just by accepting Jesus into my heart? The concept of Grace is explained in the Bible in Ephesians 2:8-9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

It does seem strange to think that someone who has lived a good, moral life, been a great husband or wife, and given a lot of money to the poor would not get into Heaven. You would think that kind, loving, and generous people would surely qualify as being Heavenbound.  Reading James 2:9-10 "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all" seemed quite extreme! But I realized that I was always going to rebel against God's laws my whole life, and besides, it wasn't man's standard of goodness that mattered in the long run, it was God's standard, and God's standard of goodness was how His son Jesus lived His life on earth.

I learned that it wasn't getting immersed in the water during Baptism that got me saved but the fact that I had received the Holy Spirit into my heart after I trusted what Jesus had done for me.  Attending a Church where the Pastor preaches from the Bible helps me grow into spiritual maturity. My prayer for you dear Reader is that you will see your need for a Savior and consider what Jesus has done for you. I have never regretted that decision and believe with all my heart that if you make the same decision you will never regret it either, but will find the joy you may have been missing in your life.

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