“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” , Ephesians 2:8-9.
To all the “naughty” people out there this Christmas, God has a beautiful gift for you; it’s His son Jesus Christ. The bible is clear when it states that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. So, just in case you thought you’ve been a good boy, Jesus wants you to know that you need His love as well.
So check this out; if we are all sinners then there is nothing we can do to make us righteous or even good. The reason is simply that we are born that way. Jesus Christ is offering a new birth where we can achieve righteousness in Him. It’s not our own works or any good deed we have done, but what He has done for us.
Satan wants you to believe that you need to change in order to be a better person or to live a better life.
But, Jesus wants you to repent of your sinful life and receive His forgiveness and righteousness in your heart. This is the reason it’s by faith; it’s not dependent on what you have done, but what Christ has done for you.
In heaven no one is boasting: “look how good I am”, but rather “Worthy is the lamb; You paid the price for me that I may have eternity”
Receive God’s gift: His only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
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