Having scant knowledge of God in my formative years, I began a religious search in my mid twenties.
After exploring a variety of churches, I decided on a well-known religion and after six months of instruction I received all of the rites.
At last I belonged!
Now I could settle back and receive the internal peace that was sure to follow.
Searching for Inner Peace
For many years I faithfully practiced my religion, rarely missed a Sunday mass, joined various church groups and activities, made sure my children were baptized, etc.
Although my faith afforded me a degree of comfort as the years rolled by, the inner peace I so desired never happened. Nevertheless, I continued to look for what was becoming a seemingly impossible goal.
Then, when least expected, events began to take place in my life that would lead me to a whole new and exciting experience. My sister recently found Jesus through the friendship of a neighbour friend and his son who were both ministers. Through her I met and became friends with the ministers and their lovely families. Each time we met I would ask questions which were always answered with kindness and genuine love. My old preconceived ideas of “born-again Christians” began slipping away as I learned more and more about a Jesus who truly loved me and who had died for my sins so that I could be with Him in heaven! The revelation that I didn’t have to, or indeed couldn’t work my way into heaven was enthralling.
The many pleasant conversations with my sister and newly found friends began to have a profound effect on me. Their honest answers to my many probing questions and the warm genuine friendliness expressed each time I attended their respective religious services made me realize that trying to lead a good life wasn’t enough and that a new life was only possible by accepting Jesus into my heart.
A Very Special Day
On a very special day in my life I made my decision for Christ. Since then I have attended a local church where I became a member and received the gift of baptism. Presently, I am attending a Bible Group at my church and am involved in various church activities.
But the most important change in my life has been the discovery of an inner peace that eluded me for so many years. Knowing that my heavenly Father is always there for me, is pleased when I come into His presence, and welcomes me with His overwhelming love has given me the inner peace for which I had been searching. And, I owe it all to Jesus.
What about you? Are you searching for inner peace but having a difficult time finding true peace? If you would like to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you can say this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make the kind of person You want me to be.
Saying this prayer is the first step towards a personal relationship with Jesus, who will guide and encourage you every step of the way.
God Bless you.
by Eva Reinhart
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