The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 10 that the gift of salvation is open to all who will simply receive it. It has nothing to do with our performance but with the work Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.
Does God harden people’s hearts? Paul responds to this hot button question in Romans 9 and examines how the human heart responds to the sovereignty of God. It’s only because of the grace of Jesus that we have any standing before God.
Through Christ our future is made secure, and we can place our hope in that. God loved us so much that Jesus gave His life for us. This world will throw a lot of stuff at us, but nothing can ever separate us from the love of Jesus.
Jesus offers us the gift of being adopted as children of God and the ability to have a deeply personal relationship with Him. When the struggles of life threaten to overwhelm us, we can call, “Abba!” “Daddy!”
In our human nature, we can respond to God by either becoming rebellious and saying no to the rules, or becoming religious and trying to follow all the rules. Fortunately, Jesus gives us a third option though grace in a relationship with Him.