It was like any other Sunday. We got up, got dressed, went to church. At the time we lived in Mississippi, and I was five years old and fond of trying to sneak out the door without my dress shoes. But that Sunday something happened. Looking back, I can say it was the most important thing in my life. As my dad was preaching, God spoke to me. The sermon was about sin and punishment, forgiveness and reward. I knew then that I needed to be forgiven by God.
Let me explain. As a five year old I had already been disobedient to my parents, mean to my little sisters, and told lies. I was a sinner. According to the Bible, the punishment for sin is death--eternity separated from God. The good news was that I could be forgiven for the wrong things I had done. God sent His only Son to earth to die for my sins. The best part was that He not only died, but rose again.
According to the Bible, if we accept God's forgiveness we become His children, and our inheritance is in heaven. It's an eternal reward. We will live with Him forever. Later that day I told my parents I was ready to ask God for forgiveness for my sins. I did, and though I didn't know it then, that was the most important decision I've made in my life.
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