What are you afraid of?

It’s OK to admit it: You have things you’re afraid of. We all do. Some fears may be minor, and some fears cause us serious setbacks in how we live. While we may strive to overcome these fears, there is one fear we should never let go of: a fear of God.

The sovereign, all-powerful Creator of all things is holy and righteous and fully deserves our respect and fear. Because He is holy, He is fully against sin, and our sin deserves His wrath and punishment.

But the God who hates sin also loves us. “But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Jesus took the wrath we deserve, died for us, and offers freedom and forgiveness from our sin. He died the death we deserve–and in so doing, He forgives us. God raised Jesus from the dead, and His resurrection ensures that death was defeated. We can be forgiven of our sin and have eternal life! We no longer have to fear punishment or death!

To receive this gift, you must let go of your sin. Repent and put your faith in Christ. Admit to God you are a sinner and ask Him to forgive you. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Express your repentance and faith by praying a prayer like this:

“Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died on the cross to forgive me of my sins. I’m sorry for all the wrong I’ve done and ask You to forgive me. I now accept Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for Your love, forgiveness, and a new life in Jesus Christ. From this day forward, I choose to follow You. In Jesus’s name, Amen.”