"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us."
Throughout my troubled life of dark thoughts and obsessions, terrified to trust anyone, including myself, I placated that torment with alcohol and drugs, never believing God would actually love me or forgive me. Then, after years of backsliding and doubting, fate handed me an appointment with the One who died for me on a cruel Roman cross, reminding me that the Master never left me, it was I who left him. Like the prodigal son, He reconciled me with open arms to give me a new beginning.
One of my favorite parables is in Luke 15:11-32 about the prodigal son, because although I was lost, I am now found...Praise the Lord Jesus...
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Never thought I could have stopped using drugs. When I met Jesus, things started to change and I realized what I had done. I was filled with shame and guilt. I felt a hole in my heart, one that, I thought it would never heal. But, with God everything is possible. God brought me from the gutter to where I am, I can only live for him now, I cannot see my live going any other way.
Matthew 7:13-14 "13 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."