“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.”
(I John 5:13)
Thoughts… God does not want you to be insecure about your salvation. He takes no pleasure in dangling you over the fires of hell on a rotten stick. He wants you to know in your knower beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are saved and on your way to heaven.
No earthly father in his right mind would want his children to be insecure about his love for them; that he would protect them and provide for their needs no matter what. Even when they misbehave, he doesn’t want them to feel as if he is going to kick them out of the house. A good father doesn’t love his kids one day but not the next. His love is unconditional, and his children know that. Home is a safe place for them, and that’s why they are secure and well adjusted.
So it is with God. And so God wants his children to be: secure and well-adjusted in the safe love of God. And the Apostle John wrote that this is one of the very reasons why God gave us his Word: To put into writing for all eternity that God’s children are eternally secure in their salvation.
Whether you feel saved or not, it doesn’t matter. God’s Word says that when you gave your heart to Jesus, you were saved.
Whether you feel forgiven or not, the Bible says that if you confess your sins, God is faith and just to forgive you your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
Whether you feel the love of God or not, Scripture says that he loves you with an everlasting love.
Whether you feel God’s presence or not, the Word says he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Whether you feel he has heard your prayers or not, God’s Word says you can have confidence that if you ask anything according to his will, he hears you.
Whether you feel that heaven is your home after you die or not, the Bible says that Jesus is your resurrection and your life; that in him, you will never die.
So who are you going to believe: your feelings or God’s Word?
I think I will go with what God’s Word declares to be true. I hope you will too!
Prayer... Dear God, thank you for your Word. It gives me security in my eternity, and nothing can tear that away from me.
One More Thing… “Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.” —St. Augustine