The other night I heard someone give a testimony about how he didn’t think God could love him because of some horrible things that happened to him when he was young.
He actually felt that everything was his fault and that he always would be a bad person. Because of this type of thinking, he actually did not care how bad of a sinner he would become.
He was not responsible for the bad things that happened to him. But he, like the rest of us, all were born sinners. We all are in need of a savior. The sad thing is that he actually felt like God never could love him, and he lived a defeated life until he was about 30 years old.
As I allowed this testimony to sink in, I wondered how many people really felt like this man.
There are others who have committed horrible crimes or sins who feel like they lived such horrible lives and are so bad that God never would forgive them or ever show his love to them.
John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Did you catch who it says God loves so much that he was willing to sacrifice his own son for? It says everyone in the world, which includes the worst people.
The Apostle Paul, who had many of the early Christians killed before his conversion, even called himself the worst of all sinners. Yet God forgave him and used him to be the greatest missionary of all time.
If, for any reason, you feel like God doesn’t love you or that you are unsalvageable, I want to assure you that he does and that you are.
All we need to do is confess our sins and our need for Christ, and God will bring his love into our lives, forgive us and care for us as his adopted children.