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Redemption and Mercy
We need redemption and mercy
  It is easy to love words like redemption and mercy; they inspire us and instill our lives with faith and hope. We love these words because we truly need them. I am a sinful man who has found redemption and mercy in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. So I offer here to you that same faith, that same hope.

The central theme of the Bible is that God loves you. His love was revealed when Jesus Christ came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died for you, you can find redemption. Your life can be changed. Jesus said: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life " (John 3:16). God has provided redemption for you; but it requires an individual response from you—you must willing accept Him on His terms.

because of our sin.
  God wants to give you a life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death—a life with meaning and fullness. However, we have chosen to disobey Him and sin against Him. The Bible confirms this, saying: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone we know; it doesn't matter. Either way, we are guilty before God. We all do things that we know are wrong, and fail to do things we know are right. And that's why we feel estranged from God—because God is holy and good, and we are not.

Beyond the feelings, there are other real consequences of our sin. God’s word says that sin has a penalty: "For the wages of sin is death " (Romans 6:23)—sin leads to an eternity separated from Him.

God provides redemption
  But God provides redemption: "God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). You may have thought that you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
without cost
  Redemption is a free gift God offers you—"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The word grace means "undeserved favor." It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: redemption—forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
through Christ.
  Jesus said: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20).  Imagine Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). The Bible says, "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God—and His Holy Spirit will live in your heart.

True Christianity has nothing to do with attending a particular church, or how your parents raised you, or what country you were born in. You become a Christian through repentance and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ—He is the way to redemption. It's not good enough that your minister or your mother knows Jesus, you must know Him personally. They cannot trust in Him for you, you must trust in Him for yourself. They cannot repent for you, you must repent for yourself. God is everywhere all the time. He can hear you now if you come to Him. You can say a prayer something like this:

Praying for forgiveness . . .
  "Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, I am relying totally and only on You. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to You."
What would God have me do?
  Jesus was asked 'what is the greatest commandment'. He replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39).

The more you come to know God, the richer your redemption will be to you. You will benefit from praying to the Lord often and faithfully reading the Bible—new Christians find it thrilling to start with the book of John. Also, here are a couple great Internet sites that can help answer your questions:

Billy Graham       10 Reasons to Believe

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