Romans 3:23; "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"; There was only one Person that did not sin and that was Jesus Christ. The rest of us are sinners and there is one way and only one way to be cleansed of our sins and that is through the Son, Jesus Christ.
Our salvation is through the forgiveness of sins, without forgiveness there is no salvation. We have to acknowledge our sin to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Psalm 51:3; "For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me". Our sin is continually in front of us and we need to go to God and ask Him for His forgiveness, sometimes this isn't always easy as it seems our sin is a terrible thing, after all we have sinned against God.
Acts 3:19; "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord". When we go to the Lord asking for forgiveness we can be sure that He will forgive us.
II Corinthians 5:17; "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new". After being forgiven for our sins we are to walk in our new life, sinning no more. This is much easier than what a person may think; after all we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help us.
Romans 12:2; "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God". We must proclaim the truths and righteous standards of the Word of God as well as want to do the will of God and forsake the ways of the world and Satan. We need to conform to God's way of thinking. We need our mind on God at all times.
What are the joys of our salvation? We now have Jesus with us, He left us a comforter, the Holy Spirit, we have the presence of the Lord with us, He is with us always, we know should we slip and sin all we have to do is ask for forgiveness and know that God will forgive us, we are able to talk with the Lord, we can call on the Him at all times (night or day), we have happiness, we have the love of the Lord at all times, walking in love towards all, and we have a forever home in heaven waiting for us where there will be no tears, no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, there will only be joy and happiness, and it is where the Lord is, we will be with Him. We are able to share our experiences of salvation with others and count on winning lost souls for the Lord. Salvation truly is JOY! Perhaps you have some other thoughts you would like to share with us, I encourage you to do so in the 'Comment Box'. All of us would love to hear from you.
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!
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