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    You Can Know God

    Godís intention when He created us, was for us to have a personal relationship with Him. However, because of sin that relationship isnít there. Yet it is still something that He wants. So He has provided a way for that relationship to be restored.

    He Himself became a man, named Jesus. He lived a perfect life, and through His death, He paid the penalty for all sin.

    You can think of this as a kind of proxy. If a man is out of the country, but wants to marry his fiancťe, he can have a proxy stand in for him. His friend who represents him is not the one who is legally married. It is the man himself who is married, though it was his friend who actually performed the act.

    This is what Jesus has done. He was our proxy in paying the price for sin. And He was our proxy in resurrection. So if we are willing to accept what He has done, we are no longer living in sin, but we are instead offered a new life of obedience, and a relationship with God.

    How do we accept this? It is really quite simple, because it isnít something we have to earn, or be good enough for. That is really good news for survivors, because most of us feel deep down that we are unlovable and unwanted. We typically feel that we are too dirty or disgusting for God to want anything to do with us. But that is not true. No matter what we have been through, or what we have done, God still loves us and wants us to be close to Him.

    All we need to do is:

    1. Admit that we donít have this relationship, and have a desire to have it.
    2. Admit that we have sinned, and need to be forgiven.
    3. Ask for this forgiveness.
    4. Allow God to guide us, helping us make decisions and doing what is best in our lives.

    In a healthy relationship, it is natural to want to do what will make the other party happy and comfortable. We want to follow God's leading, not to avoid punishment, but to keep our relationship with God open and comfortable.

    And when we mess up, which we all do, God will still love us. Most of us have grown up in situations where we face constant rejection for not measuring up. That is not how it works with God. He loves us always, even when we do things we shouldn't. His desire is not to punish us or hurt us. But neither does He want to let us keep hurting ourselves and others with wrong behavior. He will do what is necessary to help us to grow and change, but His love is constant, no matter what.

    If you have any questions about how this works, or how to have a relationship with God, you can talk to a pastor in your area, a staff member here, or a friend on the forum that you trust and that you know has such a relationship.
    Last edited by Sadi; 30-11-2005, 14:19.
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