What do we need to know about God?
God loves us and wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.
God loves us even if we haven’t loved him.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” (1 John 4:10)
God wants us to know him.
The Bible says God is at work in everyone’s life. “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)
What is wrong with us?
Our relationship with God has been broken by sin.
We have all made choices showing we are inclined to be passively indifferent to God
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
Or actively opposed to God
“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” (John 3:19-20)
The result of our choices to resist or ignore God results in spiritual death (separation from God).
“We are dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1)
“And thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
What did God do for us?
God had provided a solution for our lost relationship.
Jesus Christ came to do what we could not do for ourselves.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
He came into the world to bring us to his Father.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me.’ ” (John 14:6)
He died in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)
He rose from the dead to show that his claims were true.
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according
to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the
Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five
hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.”
(1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
What do we need to do?
We must each personally trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
We must each personally trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Our own efforts to earn God’s acceptance are inadequate.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us,
through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5)
We must admit our need for forgiveness.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ ” (Luke 18:13)
We must receive Christ and his offer of salvation as a gift.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Where do we begin?
A personal relationship with God begins today.
You can begin your personal relationship with God by putting your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. You may find it helpful to express your new faith in words similar to these:
Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from You. Thank You for sending Your Son to die in my place. I now trust Jesus to forgive my sins. I invite Him into my life as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for receiving me into Your eternal family. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Your trust in Jesus Christ begins an everlasting personal relationship with God.
God’s commitment to you:
God assures you that if you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, He has given you eternal life. “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)
God promises to never leave you.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
God has forgiven all of your sins, past, present, and future.
“And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)
God has given you His Spirit to enable you to live in a way that pleases Him.
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)
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The Relationship Between Man and God Essay
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Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Carrion Comfort” was written after his ordainment as a Jesuit priest, and his conversion from a High Church Anglican. At the time of his ordainment, Manley Hopkins believed practicing poetry interfered with his relationship with God and thus led him to give up poetry almost entirely for seven years. However, in 1872 he recanted this belief and returned to writing. In 1884 he accepted a position teaching Greek and Latin at the University College Dublin. During his time in Ireland, Manley Hopkins went through stages of depression due to feelings of isolation, (from being separated from his friends in England, his disagreement with the politics of the time, and some distasteful things about teaching.) After this…show more content…
By stating “Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;” the speaker is attempting to convince himself that he will find strength to prevent his despair from manifesting. By capitalizing the word “Despair,” the speaker personifies it, and thus directs his pleas to it through the next few lines. He compares his despair to “carrion;” something that is vile and rotten. Thus, he is equating “feast[ing]” on his despair to eating rancid meat. In addition to “carrion,” the speaker compares his despair to “comfort.” This comparison contrasts two perspectives of his despair that the speaker is grappling. “Carrion” suggest that the speaker’s despair is loathsome to him, just as rancid meat is. While in contrast, he sees comfort in the finality of death that would result if he allowed his despair to manifest. Further, anaphora used in the first and second lines of the poem, and the placement of the word “not,” demonstrates the desperation and urgency of the speaker’s plea. Rather than beginning the poem with the word “despair, and identifying the speaker’s despair as the most important subject, Hopkins starts with the word “not.” This structural decision emphasizes the speaker’s determination to escape his despair: even if he is currently overcome by it. Emphasis on the word “not” as the first word illuminates the most imperative aspect of the first