by Frank Pollard

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Matthew 25:31-40
There is no greater frustration in this world than
trying to act good, when we are not good. God knows and
understands that if we see Jesus Christ as only an example
of how to love God, we are of all people most miserable, for
we cannot in our own power imitate His life.
Let me quickly assert that He promises you His power.
In John 1:12 the Bible says: "And as many as received Him
to them gave He power to become the sons of God." I hope
you catch the thrust of that. Anything God asks you to do
He will enable you to do. He asks you to love your neigh-
bor as yourself. It does not come cheaply or quickly, but
you can do it. You can love God. How do you do it? By
accepting His love. By growing in His love and by sharing
His love.
How do you love God? You begin by accepting the love
He offers you. Jesus says: "Behold, I stand at the door
and knock. If any man will hear my voice, and open the
door, I will come into Him and sup with-him and he with Me."
Jesus Christ wants to live in your life. Open your heart
to Him, let Him come in and you will experience what Jesus
told Nicodemus was the new birth.
Now I think it is extremely important that you
understand how to accept the love of God in Christ.
Romans 10:8-9 share exact instructions. "What it says
is this: 'God's message is near you, on your lips and
in your heart' -- that is, the message of faith that we
preach. If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe
that God raised him from the death, you will be saved."
(Romans 10:8-9 TEV). To accept the salvation God offers,
to be born again, you must do two things, you must be-
lieve and you must confess. Your belief must be in Jesus
Christ and your confession must be addressed to Jesus
Christ. You must believe that He can forgive you and save
you. But that is not all, you must ask Him to forgive
you and to save you. You can do that right now. Ask Christ
to be your Saviour a ...

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