Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
“Are you sure that you’re sure?” My oldest daughter had been to her first city-wide Youth Revival. After hearing the preacher ask several times if they would go to heaven when they died, she came home with questions.
My first response of why, of course you are a Christian thankfully did not come out of my mouth as I listened to her. Her real anxiety needed something more than a curt answer.
I felt the Holy Spirit leading me and fortunately, I chose to listen to His voice. I told her that her personal salvation was between her and God. I could not really answer that question, but I could remind her of the night in her bedroom years ago when she brought up the subject.
I remembered that in my enthusiasm and motherly wisdom I kept trying to read Bible verses to her. In her enthusiasm and excitement she kept interrupting me. “No! I just want to know how to invite Jesus into my heart!”
That night she prayed about being a sinner and needing Jesus in her life. She prayed for forgiveness of her sin. She also asked Him into her heart during her prayer. Her eagerness and authentic desire for God led me to believe in the sincerity of her decision.
As I reminded her of what had taken place those years ago in her bedroom, she seemed to regain her confidence. We again prayed, but this time that God would give her the assurance she needed. Her doubt proved unfounded. She never mentioned it again.
Father, we believe in salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. Your grace brings us to You. Your promises lead us to peace in our belief of that grace. Thank you.