“God wants us to have joy . . . yet we end up searching for joy in all the wrong places, and instead we find addictions and hollowness and misery. . .
God is so holy that He can’t allow sin into His presence. Romans 3:23 says ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’
Because we’re sinners, we can’t enter heaven as we are. God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay this way. That’s why Christ came, to change us.
Unless our sin problem is dealt with, the only place we can go is where God isn’t. . . and that’s hell. Judging by what’s said at most funerals, you’d think everyone’s going to heaven. But Jesus said otherwise. The Bible says we’re not good enough to go to heaven on our own.
How much does God love us? He went to hell for us on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to. God took on our worst suffering so we could go to heaven.
What more would you ask God to do than what He’s done for you?
Like any gift, forgiveness can be offered, but it isn’t ours until we receive it – and we can only do that through repenting and confessing our sins and saying yes to God’s offer.”