By DeLisa Perry

What can I really say about a God who’s done everything for me? He’s taken me from a place of uncertainty and despair to a place of peace and joy. It’s been a journey but I can say for sure, without a shadow of doubt that God does in fact love me.

I didn’t grow up in church; therefore, I didn’t know much about the Word or God. I lived a life for myself and made several bad decisions. I had a heart of stone and was a heartbreaker. After I received salvation I struggled with guilt and shame from my past. It was something I kept to myself. I started reading and meditating on the Word. God began to move in my life and my heart.

One day I arrived at a place where I said, “God, I’m tired of carrying these weights. I know that Jesus overcame this guilt and shame on the cross.” I believed the Word and acted upon it. I surrendered the guilt and shame at the altar, at His feet. His love came rushing into my heart; and over my whole body. It overwhelmed me.  I shed some tears. But not tears of sadness; tears of freedom.

John 8:36 says:

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” I am now free, but would not have gotten there if I didn’t believe that God loves me.

Many of you may have heard of John 3:16 that says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Some of you may even have it memorized. But head knowledge isn’t the same as heart knowledge. What I mean by that is, just because you’re aware of a Scripture doesn’t mean you believe it for yourself. A quick heart check; if you really believe that, then you can’t help but seek God. For His love is greater than anything we can ever think or imagine. He loved you before you made a mistake, and still loved you the same after you made the mistake.

His love isn’t conditional like ours. It’s not based on our actions, or our facial expressions, or what others have said. It’s based on Him.

1 John 4:8-9 states:

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

So we don’t have to try to be perfect. We just need to chase God with all that we are. Matthew 22:37-38 states: “Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.” That may sound like a lot, or it may even sound impossible to you. But it’s like breathing when you understand and have a true revelation of the love God has for you. He has created you for a purpose. Regardless of what anyone says, you are NOT a mistake. God wants to take every hurt, every pain, and every regret and wash it with the blood of Jesus. He wants us walking free, not bound to guilt or shame.

So lift up your head, invite Him into your heart, and let Him heal every scar. It’s not the end.  Allow Him to touch you with His love, and give you a new beginning.

Say this prayer out loud: God, I’m ready for a new beginning. Forgive me of my sins. I believe you sent Your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that You raised Him up on the third day. I surrender everything to You. I invite You into my heart. Touch me with Your love and transform me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you said this prayer you just became what the Bible calls “Born Again” We would like to hear from you please massage us so that we can teach you as DeLisa learned to follow Jesus.

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