Having Peace and Purpose in Your Life

Somewhere along the journey of life we realize that things happen in our lives that are beyond our control. We experience things like a broken or troubled relationship we can’t mend or a tragedy we can’t reverse. We experience problem after problem at home, at school, and at work. So why do these things happen to us, and why can’t we change them?

And why do we intentionally do bad things that hurt others and ourselves? Is there something wrong with us that would make us do something like that? We eventually reach the point where we see how small and helpless we really are. We can’t change our circumstances, and we can’t even change ourselves! We begin to look for answers to make sense of everything in life. We look for the peace and assurance that everything will be OK. So where should we turn?

The Bible contains the true answers and guidance for every person’s life. The Bible tells us the reason that we can’t have real peace in our lives when bad things happen is because we are missing something. We have a void that needs to be filled. We try to fill this void with the right school, the right job, the right person, the right clothes, and all sorts of things to make us feel better.

The Problem

The Bible says that none of this will truly satisfy us and give us lasting peace. The Bible says the reason we have a void and no peace in our life is because of our sin.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that:

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

This means because of sin everyone is separated from God. This separation from God is the void we desperately want to fill.

The Solution

God will fill this void only if we believe in Jesus and trust that He died to pay the penalty for our sin. The Bible explains this in John 3:16-17:

For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Our Response

We are to do more than just know what Jesus did. We must make a sincere decision to trust Jesus to forgive our sin and freely receive His gift of salvation.

To fill the void and have everlasting peace you must:

  1. Admit that you are a sinner and acknowledge your need for salvation.
  2. Turn from a life of selfish pursuits to a life of selfless obedience to God.
  3. Believe that Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection were for you.
  4. Ask Jesus to direct and control your life.

You can say all this to God in a prayer, but the main idea is that your prayer must be sincere. The prayer below is only a guide, so make the words of your prayer your own.

God, I agree that I am a sinner and don’t deserve Your forgiveness. Thank you for sending Jesus to pay the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross. Please forgive me and change my life so that I may live for You and not myself. Amen.

You can be sure of your salvation.

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you can be assured that you are saved because the Bible says:

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:12-13).

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