No Longer Enemies

Have you ever thought, “Why do I have so much unrest? How can I have peace?” The inner peace you yearn for seems unattainable, no matter what you do.

We’ve all felt this disquiet, regardless of our background, education, or social status. The reason we have this feeling is rooted in a fundamental problem—we’re not at peace with God. In such a state, it’s impossible to have true peace.

Why aren’t we at peace with God? This disharmony came from Satan, the first enemy of God. God created man for Himself, but Satan deceived and poisoned man with his sinful, evil nature. As a result, all mankind became sinners who offend God and are against God.

We may think, “I’m not such a bad person,” but can anyone claim to have never had a sinful thought, spoken a lie, or done something they shouldn’t have? Sin affects us all and makes us contrary to God. In opposition to God, we reject Him, profane Him, and some daringly say, “There is no God.” Sin estranges us from God to such an extent that we become enemies of God.

Maybe we think our good deeds can offset our sins. But the poison of sin automatically stains our every thought, word, and action, making them all contrary to God. The Bible tells us plainly, “There is none righteous, not even one.” All have sinned. Alas, our very being is fundamentally in conflict with God.

For us to have peace, we must be reconciled to God. But our sins are an insurmountable barrier between us and God. In this, we’re utterly helpless; we can do nothing to rid ourselves of our sins.

But the good news is this: God did something. Out of His immense love for us, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. The Bible says, “God commends His own love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus bore the judgment for our sins and shed His blood so we could be forgiven. He fully resolved the conflict between us and God by His death. Because of His sacrifice, when we accept Jesus as our Savior, our sins are forgiven and we’re reconciled to God. God welcomes us gladly, and in place of turmoil, He fills our heart with a deep peace and His eternal love.

Are you at peace with God? You don’t have to be His enemy. God loves you; He longs for you to be reconciled to Him. Jesus died to make this possible, but you must accept Him and what He did for you. Simply repent—that is, turn your heart to God. Confess your sins to Him and accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior by praying the following:

“Lord Jesus, I repent. I confess I’m a sinner. I’ve been Your enemy. Forgive me of my sins. Lord Jesus, thank You for loving me and dying on the cross for me. I receive You as my Savior right now. Thank You for reconciling me to God and bringing me peace with God. Amen.”

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