Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, everything you’ve ever done wrong is forgiven. God forgives you freely, completely, instantly, and repeatedly.
Even if there were no such thing as a Heaven — but of course there is — it would be worth believing in Jesus just to get a clear conscience. I’ve talked to thousands of people, and I know that most people are carrying secret guilt, secret regrets, and secret shame. You can be completely forgiven of that!
Romans 3:22 says, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are” (NLT, second edition).
I love that last part. It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, who you’ve done it with, how long you did it, or where you did it — you can be saved. You can be forgiven. Everything is forgiven when you trust in Jesus Christ.
And that’s the memo.
By Rick Warren