The whole basis of the Gospel – Christ died for us, in order that we may be forgiven, enjoy a relationship with God and look forward to an eternity spent with Him. What a package! Unlike a lot of so-called good deals, though, there is no hidden catch to this one. It really is as simple as believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose again three days later and ascended to heaven to be with his Father. Then you only need to ask Jesus to forgive you, invite him into your life, and begin to live for Him.
Before I became a Christian, I thought this life would be too difficult for me. I wanted to go my own sweet way without the ‘petty and boring’ rules and regulations of the church and the Bible. When I started to attend church, out of gratitude for what the Lord had done for me in guiding me out of a breakdown into relative sanity, I was very reluctant to do so. I only went through gratitude. I didn’t come out of my first church service singing joyful hymns and quoting the Bible! It took me a while to get into it but what I did find is that the more you put into your relationship with Christ, the more you get out of it. He really does want to help you and to make it easier for you to follow Him. It just takes trust and patience. I am still not over-endowed with this virtue but I keep it on my prayer list!
Looking back ten years to who I was then, compared to who I am now, there really have been a lot of changes to my personality. Apart from having settled into a happy and fulfilling marriage with a godly man, my priorities have altered so much. I still get depressed sometimes – I think that’s part of my nature – but I have such a lot of peace from my relationship with Jesus. I’ve said it so many times but I won’t apologise for stating it again – I really do not know how I would cope without my wonderful saviour, Jesus Christ.