Between 500,000 and 1 million young people attempt suicide each year.
- American Association of Suicidology
Something is wrong.
Many young people are consumed with a feeling of emptiness.
They feel worthless, impure and guilty. They're trapped in a world of insecurity and can’t find a way to break free from the pain.
We’ve all dealt with these feelings to some extent. It’s part of being human.
The question is, is there a way to be set free, or are we all doomed to endure these emotions until we die?
There are plenty of ways to try to escape this pain, but there is only one way that has proven to give millions of people the personal freedom they long for: only one way that has consistently transformed lives over and over.
The way is profound but incredibly simple: Ask Jesus Christ to forgive you, and believe in Him.
“What does that mean?"
The Bible makes it very clear. (Find information about the Bible's credibility.)
1. We are all sinners (we have all broken God’s law). "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 It is breaking God’s law (stealing, lying, anger, lust, etc.) that enslaves us to the feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
2. The penalty of sin is death. "For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23
When we break man’s law, there is a penalty. When we break God’s law, there is a penalty, which is death. In other words, we are separated from God, Who is life.
3. Jesus died to pay the penalty for us. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
Because God loves us, He provided a way for us to be set free from the power and penalty of sin. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
4. We must humble ourselves, and ask God to forgive us and save us from our sins. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
It comes down to believing that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for your sins on the cross, and rose again. If you will call out to God and ask Him to save you, He will. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
Feel free to use this prayer as a guide.
God. I know I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sin.
Please forgive me.
I believe that Jesus died for me and rose again, as the Bible says.
Please save me;
wash away my sins;
give me the gift of eternal life;
and take me to heaven when I die.
As best as I know how, I put my faith and trust in You to save me now.
Thank you Lord for loving and saving me.
Help me to live my life for you.
In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
This prayer can't save you, but putting your faith in Jesus Christ will. If you just called out to God and put your faith in Jesus, congratulations!
God promises to save those who call on His name. (For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Romans 10:13)
You are free from the penalty of sin, and you can experience the joy of personal freedom through the power of Christ in your life.
You can begin pursuing a relationship with Jesus today.
As your love for Him grows, your love for sin will diminish. This is a beautiful process that leads to true personal freedom.
Will you call out to God and accept the personal freedom He offers?