God Will Forgive, Accept and Save Anyone Who Sincerely Turns to Him
I'm in prison, and one of the men here claims he's become a Christian. I think he's doing it just to impress the parole board. Have you ever heard of anyone in prison actually becoming a real Christian? Maybe I'm just cynical, but I don't think it's possible. I couldn't do it.
God can reach down and touch anyone-absolutely anyone-who sincerely repents of their sin and opens their life to Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).
Only God knows if your fellow inmate is sincere-but I want to assure you that over the years I've received countless letters and emails from prisoners whose lives have been changed by Jesus Christ. No, it wasn't easy for them; they faced everything from mockery and rejection to doubt and temptation. But they knew God had forgiven and saved them, and they also knew He loved them and would never abandon them. Jesus' promise is true: "Whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (John 6:37).
Listen: If we had to rely only on our own strength to live the Christian life, we'd all fail. But we don't have to rely only on ourselves! When we come to Christ, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit, and we can turn to Him for the strength we need.
No matter what you've done or how weak you feel, God loves you, and Christ gave His life for you. If you had been the only person on earth who needed to be saved, Christ still would have died for you. Open your life to Him today.
(c) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.billygraham.org