John’s message of hope

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

Yesterday we pointed out how that all of us—in our human condition—are not without sin; unfortunately many who recognize that they have sinned feel hopeless without any possibility of finding everlasting life. There is hope; Jesus Christ—by his self-sacrifice—has become our advocate and intercessor before God the Father. Its really very simple, confess your sins to God, ask for forgiveness, and try to do the will of God as outlined in the entire Bible. Jesus said “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21)

Do you at least make an honest attempt to live without sinning?

Say this prayer or one of your own

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

And remember;
Go out into the world in peace;
have courage;
hold on to what is good;
return no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak; help the suffering;
honor everyone; love and serve God;
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit!

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