I don’t write these blogs to entertain, but to inspire. I want you to be able to leave the guilt and shame of the past behind, and fulfil the greatest purposes that your life was made for. But there’s a snag. I write my blogs as one who follows the teachings of the Bible – all that messy stuff about love, and forgiveness, and faith. That’s my ethos. Faith, hope and love.
But these become shallow words, hijacked by their normality. We read them in a million plaques, we’ve heard them at a hundred marriage ceremonies. I want you to know how that all actually works. I’m a messy Christian, and my blog is the chronicle of my messy Christian life. I don’t hide my faith – you can find plenty of references to church attendance and other such clues – but I try to show my faith in the context of a real, messy life.
Here’s the thing. I believe in you. I believe you were put on this earth for a reason. I believe you matter. But I also believe that you need to know about the God that loves you more than you could ever know, and how to get rid of the guilt that has been holding you back your whole life. But I don’t believe in forcing that down your throat, so that’s why I put it here, in this page. It’s kind of like my answer to the question “How can you do what you do?” It’s also the answer to the question “How can I do what you do?”
So here are the basic principles.
- We are all broken. We all make mistakes, we all do things wrong (the jargon for this is sin). We need to own it, accept our guilt, say sorry (this is what is meant by repentance).
- God made us to be loved by Him. Because, well, love is a most awesome and powerful thing, but is best shared. Problem is, due to our sin, there was no way that he could have us hanging around. But He made a plan to fix it.
- A sacrifice of something that was perfect – that had never made mistakes, done anything wrong, was very much fixed – was the way to be reunited with God, so that He could show His love to us. That’s where Jesus came in. He died, so we could be reunited with God. He rose again to show that death no longer has the power to separate us from the love of God.
- So all you need to do is believe that Jesus died, and God raised him from the dead, and tell God that you believe, and say sorry for your sins, and He will forgive you.
Yes I know. There should be Bible verses. The only reason there aren’t is because I wanted to keep it simple. I’m not an evangelist. I’m just a woman, doing the best she can with what she has. I hope you can join me on my journey of faith.
If you want more information, or have spoken to God about the points in this article, I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. I may even be able to direct you towards some helpful resources for your journey.