Seek God’s forgiveness for your sins, and find a new way of living
by Billy Graham
September 13, 2013 11:46 PM | 1386 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: I've really messed up my life. The doctor says I've caught a sexually-transmitted disease that probably can't be cured. No one will ever want to marry me now. Why didn't someone warn me about this? Or maybe they did and I just didn't listen.— R.M.

A: One of life's hardest lessons is that the decisions we make always have consequences, and when those decisions are bad, the consequences will also be bad. I often quote the Bible's warning: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Galatians 6:7).

Do I sound harsh or insensitive to you and your problem? I hope not, because that's not my intention at all. Yes, you are paying the consequences for what you've done (as I'm afraid countless others are doing, in spite of constant warnings about the dangers of sexually-transmitted diseases). But God has not changed in His love for you, and the most important advice I can give you is to turn to Christ and make Him the center of your life. You are valuable to Him, so valuable that He gave His life for you.

What difference will Christ make? First, He offers you forgiveness and cleansing for all your sins. You are guilty before Him, not just for breaking His laws concerning sexual relations, but for leaving Him out of your life. But on the cross all your sins were placed on Jesus, and He paid the price for your salvation.

In addition, Christ will give you a new reason for living. It may take you in unexpected directions, but when we are in God's hands, we know His way will be perfect. Don't be bound by the past, but turn your life over to Christ and then seek His will for your future.

Q: How bad does a nation have to get before God steps in and destroys it? Sometimes I wonder if we aren't getting close to that line. — Mrs. S.T.

A: You are right to be concerned about this, because the Bible clearly tells us that God not only judges individuals, but also judges nations that rebel against Him and turn their backs on His righteousness and justice.

It happened most clearly in the Old Testament, when God eventually allowed the enemies of ancient Israel to invade and destroy it. First came the Assyrians, a cruel and heartless nation that destroyed the northern tribes of Israel; later the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and captured the southern tribes. Repeatedly, God sent His prophets to warn of judgment and urge the people to turn back to God, but they refused, and eventually God allowed their nation to collapse. God said, "Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you.... But you have not paid attention or listened to me" (Jeremiah 35:15).

No one can say exactly when that might happen to us (or any other nation) because God is patient, and He doesn't give us what we deserve. But we must never ignore His warnings or assume He doesn't care what we do -- because He does. Sin is an offense to Him because it's a deliberate rejection of God and all the good things He's done for us.

Pray for our nation, and pray for those around you who don't know Christ or have turned their backs on Him. God loves them just as He does you, and He sent His only Son into the world to give His life for their salvation. God's promise is true: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength" (Isaiah 30:15).

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.
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