It’s Never Too Bad
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.” – Sinner’s Prayer
The sinner turned saint. Many of us have all heard various stories of people whose hardened hearts were softened by God, either by a blunt blow or through quiet, constant reminders.
There are famous examples like St. Paul, who was a murderer of Christians before coming to faith. He destroyed families and left orphans in his wake. He was a cruel man before his dramatic conversion experience on the road to Damascus. And there was St. Augustine of Hippo who led a life of arrogant pride and sexual immorality before offering his mind, heart, and soul to God, thanks in part to the Letters of St. Paul and the prayers of his mother, St. Monica.
These two men made dramatic about-faces and left a life of sin to lead a life of sainthood. But keep in mind that even after their shift, they were by no means perfect. Their story is all our stories, and they prove that even the most depraved can change their minds and their actions for God. I’ve heard many times people say that they are too far gone… too deep in a hole… to climb out into the light. They think that each of their sins is just one more nail in the coffin and that God is counting each sin against them. They forget that perfect grace means the sins have already run red, long ago, and are forgiven.
Although we can’t earn salvation, we are saved by God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Just believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins. It’s never TOO bad for God’s grace and mercy.
IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST AND WILL FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND PURIFY US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.