By Pastor Rick Warren
“Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:30 (The Message)
Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. You may think, “I’ve blown it; I’ve really made a mess of things in my life. I wish I could have a fresh start.”
Here’s some life-changing news: You don’t have to stay the same! When you confess your mess to Jesus, he lovingly and graciously responds by giving you a fresh start.
Beneath all the sins, all the things you’ve done wrong in life, God sees you. He created you to love you. God’s message is, “You can be what I made you to be—and start living in a whole new way.”
God will show you how he sees you, and that will transform your life. When you commit your life to God, he will give you a fresh start. If you’ve never submitted your life to Jesus, do that now. Just say, “Jesus, I want you to be the Lord of my life.” The Bible says, “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT).
How’s that for a fresh start? You get your past forgiven, a purpose for livin’, and a home in heaven. What a deal!
I cannot believe the timing of the article “Settling Your Identity”! In the midst of divorce, wound and scared, this article has given me renewed hope for a solid future in Christ. Thank you so much!