by Bad Wolf
A letter I wrote to my husband telling him about salvation.
Some time ago, I was at Our Country Hearts in Endicott and bought this Writer's Journal. I had no idea what I was going to write in it. You might notice that I have several floating around the house-most are not even halfway filled uo.
I first thought about writing a jounal of my spiritual development, but I already started that in another book. I also thought about using this book to take notes while I am at church-but usually the pastor hands out sheets of paper for us to take notes on. Then I decided what I am going to do with this book. I am going to fill all of the pages with a letter to you that will show that Jesus died for your sins and that there is a place in heaven for you, if you listen to what he says.
I love you and I want to spend eternity in heaven with you and the family.
Please take time to read this letter, because what I have to say is important. What you decide after you finish reading, that is your choice.
I am starting this letter on the seventeenth of October. I will finish it when the last page is filled. Do not be surprised if it takes me several years to finish this because you should know after four years of marriage that I am a bit of a procrastinator.
This letter is not going to be judgemental because we are all sinners-nobody is perfect. This is a letter that will show you how to inherit the Kingdom of God. I am not going to tell you how this letter is going to turn out because I don't even know.
God is with me and he is helping me put down the words on this paper. I am not going to write this letter in any specific order. I will write down what will be most important for you. I will use Bible quotes, things I learn in Church and information I pck up from the media.
Tom, you may not realize this. However, up to the time I was in college, I was almost sure I was going to Hell. I did a lot of things that I knew was sinful-mostly it was drinking and swearing. I was brought up with the belief that God was an unforgiving being.
Then I found out just the opposite. I found out that if I believed that Jesus is the Son of God, and if I took Him as my Personal Savior, then my sins would be forgiven. Let me share a simple prayer with you:
"Lord Jesus, come into my heart and forgive me of my sins. I know that I am a sinner and I repent of my sins. Wash me in your blood and make me clean. I have sinned against heaven and before you and am not worthy to be called a son. I receive you by faith as my Savior."
(Before I go on with this letter, Tom, if you have already done this or anything else I write, don't be offended. It is meant to help not just you but anybody else who needs to be saved-share this letter with friends, acquaintances and whoever else needs God's word.
You can say this prayer to yourself and if you mean it, Jesus will hear you and fogive you. If you ask Jesus to be your Personal Savior, you will be saved and have a place in heaven. This is true even if you continue to be sinful. God does not expect you to be perfect because nobody is. The onle perfect person is Jesus. If you do sin, all you have to do is pray to God and Jesus for forgiveness-and he will give it to you. Trust me.
There have been many times since I have been saved-I drank, I am judgemental, I nag you for petty things, I am impatient, I sometimes get an uncontrolable bad temper and so on. I have said that prayer many times and have been forgiven.
I go to Church at the First Assembly of God so I can get a better understanding of the Bible. I have been trying to read the Bible from front to back but I have not been successful. I try to read the Bible on a daily basis.
Try to get into a habit of reading. If you can not get into a daily devotional, just then use the Bible to answer questions. If you want to know of any good spiritual books, let me know and I will give you some names. However, be careful because the Bible is the only true book. The other books might have misinterpretations.
It does not matter whether you go to church or not-what matters is if you are saved. There are many people who go to Church, and are good eople but never asked Jesus to be their personal savior-they may never get to Heaven.
If you go to Church, that is your choice. However, we have to place these Christian principals is the children so they can lead better lives when they get older.
As long as you ask Jesus to be your Personal Savior, you do not even have to do anything to improve your life. God loves you the way you are.
However, if you are willing to do away with your sins, Jesus is here for you and will help you overcome them. Jesus has helped me overcome some of my sins and, if I had not been saved, then this would have been impossible to do.
Tom, let me share a Bible verse with you. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son" John 3:16-18. This is probably the most loved verse in the Bible, because it gives believers a promise of eternal happiness.
We are faced with a lot of decisions to make through our lives. And sometimes we worry if the decisions we make are the right ones. That is when we have to put our trust in God.
Just remember proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Tom, I have put my trust in God many times. Like when we had to get a new car, when I was looking for a job and even when I am facing a possible layoff. You can not let worry rule your life-yes worry is a sin also. When you feel worry coming on pra to God and say that you trust him to take your worries away.
Tom, there are several reason why I am writing this letter. However, the main one is because I do not want you to make the same mistake that I made during my first eighteen years. You know that I was a Roman Catholic- was baptized, had communion, went to catholic school and so on. But that was on the outside; what was on the inside was different.
During my later childhood and through high school-I did not have a relationship with God. I believed in him but I did not feel that he loved me or that he was mad at me or unforgiving because I would sin. Before I went to college I was very convinced that I was going to Hell-that is a scary thought-eternity of pain and suffering-it is not a party down there. I am not going to tell you all the things that I thought, but I remember that I was hoping that I would live to a very old age.
However, Tom, when I was in college-my second semester-I found out that I would not go to Hell if I believed in God and Jesus and if I made a promise to change my ways-and even if I did slip up (which I did often) all I had to do was ask for forgiveness.
During that period of time when I did not trust God is something like being religious but not right with God. I wrote that so you can uderstand what I am talking about a little better. That is why I am REPEATING myself.
Tom, if you have any doubts in what I am trying to say to you in this letter, just remember Jesus' promise as said in Jude 5:24: "He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life."
Tom, I am almost finished with this letter. Whatever you decide I will always be your loving and devoting wife. I will answer any questions you have on the Bible and Spiritual matters. I am not an expert, but I will find the answers as best as I can. Just remeber that I love you.
Love your loving Wife.