How to Love Yourself

MAN IN THE MIRROR: How to Love Yourself – Louie Giglio

Self love can be hard to achieve. When we have done something we are not proud of, or do not feel as if we are living our lives in a way that is deserving of love, it can be easy to develop a negative relationship with ourselves. How can we love others, however, if we cannot love ourselves? How do we learn to love ourselves, even when it seems difficult? Is it important to love yourself? Pastor Louie Giglio has some amazing insight into what it truly means to love yourself and how to get there.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40

  • What do you see when you look in the mirror?
  • What are some gaps between the way you love yourself and the way you know God loves you?
  • What steps could you take to help you learn to love yourself?

Pastor Craig: It’s awesome to have you with us today. You are going to be amazingly blessed by an incredible guest speaker.

This is a message series. Many of you will know people who really need to hear this. We believe in God but we live as if he does not exist, a Christian atheist. Today I want to introduce to you a very good friend of mine, one of the greatest spiritual leaders alive today. Truly on of the most gifted communicators I believe God ever created. Louie Giglio is the Pastor of Passion City Church, an amazing booming church in Atlanta. He also leads passion conferences all over the world, literally impacting tens of thousands of young adults. He’s a leader in worship music. My favorite thing is he’s got an amazing wife and he’s a man of God. Would you show love and honor to our speaker today, Pastor Louie Giglio.

Pastor Giglio: Thank you. Awesome. Wow. Man, I can not tell you how excited I am to be with you today. I just want to say thank you to Pastor Craig, Amy as well. They are phenomenal people. Shelley, my wife, and I love them very much, and respect so much what God is doing through their lives. It’s an incredible honor just to be with every one of you today. I want to talk for the next 2 weeks together under this title, The Man in the Mirror. I don’t know if you know much about music, but the greatest pop song of all time, hands down … There is no vote, this is not up for discussion or debate, is called The Man in the Mirror. If you don’t know that you’ll have some time to research that before next weeks message. 

How to Love Yourself

I want to talk about the two greatest commandments. I want to talk about the implications of those to the two most important relationships in your life. The two greatest commandments, you probably know one of them. The passage of Scriptures, Matthew Chapter 22, Jesus is being confronted by these religious leaders and they’re trying to trap him with their question. It’s a heads up for you and me. It’s not a great idea to try and trap the creator of the universe with any of our questions, because he understands our thoughts, the motives of our hearts. You don’t even have to talk for Jesus to know what you’re thinking, or for him to respond to you. The questions always gave Jesus a great opportunity to say what he wanted to say. 

These questions did the same thing in Matthew 22. I want to read the text for us. It’s a passage that if you’ve been around church in your life, you’re going to know this text. If not, this is going to be exciting for you to hear for the very first time. This is what happens in Matthew Chapter 22, beginning in Verse 34. It says, hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees … That’s one segment of the religious leaders, the Pharisees got together. You would think if he’s already quieted one group you would say well, let’s don’t mess with this guy, but the Pharisees weren’t like that. They thought we can figure out a way to corner this guy.

What were they trying to do? They were trying to prove that Jesus was less than who he claimed to be. They got together and one of them, and expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Now for us, we’re thinking 10 commandments, but by the time that Jesus had arrived on earth there were hundreds of other addendums to the original commandments. There were a lot of things, but you had to do the right way, say the right way, show up at the right time to be in good standing with God. This lawyer thought I can really probably zero in on this guy’s real motives if we can ask him what’s the greatest of all these commandments? 

How to Love Yourself More

I love Jesus, because he didn’t turn to his consultant. He didn’t say can you give me more time I need to make a phone call. Just like that he responds immediately to the questioning of this group of people and this one man in particular. He replies “Love the lord your God with all your heart.” Don’t you love how the hostility gets diffused in an instant by that statement. You’re trying to pin me against the wall. You’re trying to understand whether or not I am from God. Well, here’s the answer to your question. If yo want to know the greatest commandment, love God with your whole heart. Do you know why that answer is so cutting? It’s because that answer immediately resonates into the tone and tenor of what was woven into our hearts at the moment of creation.

Self Love and How to Learn to Love Yourself

When God knit us together in our mother’s womb, he knit us together to be in a relationship with himself. Inside every human being is a violin string set, if you will, that was created for the bow of the Almighty God. In the harmony of his bow and the strings of our heart something happens. It doesn’t happen any where else on planet Earth. When he said here’s the great commandment, love God with all your heart. Immediately something inside of each one of them was going uh oh, I think I know what this guy’s talking about, and I don’t even know yet what he’s talking about. He said, “Love God with all your heart, with all your soul.” He’s now assuming that there’s more to us than what meets the eye, something else going on inside you and me. He said, “Love God with all of your mind.” 

Just a small footnote there. I love that because people always look at followers of Jesus and say you people just … You’re out on that limb of faith. You really don’t think about anything. You just believe everything. No, God is the God of all creation. He’s the scientist of all the scientists. He’s the Einstein of the Einsteins. He’s the most brilliant of all the most brilliant people that ever existed. God doesn’t want blind faith. He gave us a brain and he wants us to use it. He said love me with your heart, love me with your soul, love me with your mind. This is a great commandment. They’re thinking I sure didn’t see that coming. 

Then he takes a breath and he says, this is the first and the greatest commandment, and the second is like it. There are two things coming to your one thing question, there are two answers coming. Doesn’t God do that to you a lot? I just needed to know one thing, he says no, you need to know eight things. Here are the eight things that you need to know. I just need to know her name. He goes it’s not ‘her’ name that you need to know it’s this other person’s name. I just need the address, and he goes it’s not ‘the’ address, you need the right day of the week. You’re in the wrong calendar year looking at the wrong thing. 

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

God knows what we need. He knew that it wasn’t one answer to their question, it was two answers. The first on was love God with everything you’ve got, heart, soul, mind. Another gospel writer adds strength, everything that’s in you, love God. He said, oh, and there’s one other thing. IF you want to know the most important thing. It’s just like the first thing. What he’s saying is they’re equal to one another. It is this, love … Do you know this one? Love your neighbor. That gets tough already. That first one felt great. That first one felt great and now we’re talking about the Robertsons. Nobody loves the Robertsons. If they move the car out of the front yard we’ll think about it. Until that happens we’re not even going over there. 

Love Others As You Love Yourself

Immediately now it’s yes, love God, that feels good, and love your neighbor. No, I don’t want to love my neighbor. We haven’t even met our neighbors. We’re not even really sure we’re ever going to meet our neighbors. Listen to the last part of this phrase. The second is like it, love your neighbor … do you remember how this goes? … As yourself. Then he drops a bomb on their question. He says, “All the law.” You just think about everything that’s been added to those 10 commandments, everything man has put into the equation, but all of God’s laws, what he’s referring to, and all of the Profits. What does that mean? All of these messages that have been foretold for centuries and centuries about what God’s plans are for our lives. All of the law, and all the Profits, hang on these two commandments. In other words, everything God has ever thought about doing, is doing, and is going to do, all hinges on these two things, that you and I understand the two great commandments in life. The two things we must be about in life. Then we understand what’s more important, I think, for the way we live this out today. These two great commandments inform our two greatest relationships. 

How to Have Good Relationships

When you think about the Man in the Mirror, we don’t want to leave out the ladies today, so when you think about the woman in the mirror … The man or woman in your mirror, how are you doing in relationships? Relationships is a hot topic. I don’t know about your church, but in our church if we preach on sex, or dating, of marriage, or sex, or dating, or marriage, or dating, or dating, or dating people show up. People want to know how to work out relationships. If you talk about parenting, people show up. If you talk about resolving conflict people show up, because we’re not all doing as great in our relationships as we want to be. 

What I want to try and zero in on the next few weeks is that our ability to get the primary relationship right, which is our relationship with our creator, is the single most important factor in us getting all of our other relationships right, and having meaningful and fulfilling relationships with other people in our lives. Guess what? Do you know what the second most important relationship in your life is, apart from your relationship with God? You think it’s my relationship with my wife, or my relationship with my son, or my daughter, or with my boss. I’ve got to keep him happy, or keep her happy. The most important relationship that we have, apart from our relationship with our creator, is the relationship that we have with ourselves. 

Love Yourself

Think about this, you spend more time with you than any other human being alive. How’s that working for you? You listen to you more than you listen to any other human being alive. You talk to yourself the most. What ever you believe about you is mostly what you told you about you to believe about you. How ever good you think you can do is mostly predicated on how good you told yourself that you could do. How worthy you feel about life is mostly predicated on how worthy you told yourself you should feel about life. Obviously our relationship with God is primary, but second to that our most important relationship is the relationship that we have with ourselves. That’s what we’re really going to impact more next week.

I want to focus just for a moment on the relationship that God desires to have with you and me. I want to do it from an angle we don’t normally come from. I want to ask you this question today. Can God relate to you? I think sometimes we show up at church, we roll into a gathering like this. A lot of us own a Bible. A lot of us believe that there is some supernatural being or a high power, but when you get right down to it you wonder can God really get into my space? Can he get into my shoes? Can he get into my skin? Does he understand my business? I do derivatives Louie. I’m in high finance. I know that’s a little complicated and I don’t know if God really understands some of the exotic investments that I’m a part of. I’m down here working the soil and I don’t know if God really understands what it means to have dirt under your fingernails and mud on your boots. I don’t know if he really gets what it is to be out there before sun up and to be in that layer of life. 

Maybe you’re in the middle of a collapse right now where all kinds of disasters come into your world. Stuff’s just gone flying off the handle. I don’t know if God really understands what it’s like to have a son who’s an alcoholic, or to have a wife who had an affair. I don’t know if God can really relate to what I’m in right now. I just want to answer that question in three ways. Yes God can relate to you and me. How can you say that? Because this text is written in red. You say, well what difference does that make? What difference does that make, well that’s just these Bible printers way of helping us find the teachings of Jesus more easily in our scripture. No, this is signifying that these are the words of Jesus.

These two commandments that inform these two relationships are not just somebody’s opinion. It’s not like a guy at church and decided to tell me how to have a better relationship. No. What we’re talking about today is that a guy showed up on earth, and he wasn’t just a guy he’s actually the maker of heaven, and the maker of earth. The Scripture says in many places about Jesus, he’s the one who created the stars, and the galaxies, and the cosmos, and everything that is. Yet he somehow squeezed divinity into a manger, and willingly chose to take on flesh and blood so that forever he is the God Man. Forever he is equally God and equally man. When Jesus is speaking these words he’s around 31, 32 years of age. He’s logged in three decades on planet Earth. 

He knows what it is to be alone. He knows what it is to be tempted. The Scriptures say he’s tempted in every single way, just like you and me, yet without sin. He knows what it means to be frustrated. He knows what it means to just lose it. Remember the time he was in the temple and they were making money off the sacrifices that the people were bringing to God. He said I’m done with this and just started turning stuff upside down, and pushing things against the wall. He knows what it is to be betrayed. He knows what it is to be reviled. He knows what it is to be abused. He knows what it is to be in that point of suffering alone. Jesus didn’t come for an hour, or a day, or a week. He came to spend 33 years on this planet. When he said to you and me I want you to make priority number one falling in love with me, we would know right away you get me. You understand me. 

How to Have a Good Relationship

I don’t know, most of you have probably never been down this road, but I saw the guy recently. He’s on this thing called … Well, I won’t say the name of it, but he’s looking for a wife. He’s on this website where he’s going to find this wife. I said well how does it work? He was explaining it to me, because I’m not looking for a wife right now. He started explaining to me how it works. He said this, that, and the other, and they put these things in my deal, and I get these profiles in my account. Then I go through these profiles. I said how long does that take? He said oh man, I do it at work. I’m please don’t do that. He goes I do it at home, I do it on my phone. I’m always checking to see if they’ve put someone in my folder. When I’m looking down through the things … Immediately he said I’m not obviously looking at what the person looks like, because that’s not important to me. I’m looking at her heart, and her character. I’m like, yeah right, you’re no, no, no, maybe, maybe, yeah maybe. Who’s she? At the end of the day he’s looking at somebody who gets him. See that’s what we want. 

All of us want that significant relationship to be with somebody that gets us. When you say something that you think is funny, you want them to think it’s funny. When you make a poignant comment that is earth shattering and tweet worthy, you want them to tweet it. You don’t want them to go uh huh, what did you say. You want them to go oh wow, that was fantastic what you just said right there. If you like basketball you want them to like basketball. If you read science books you want them to at least like to hear about science books. You want somebody who gets you. Jesus is saying to us I just need you to know that I want me to love me with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. I need you to know that I get you. Not only did I make you, I wove you together, I know you more than you know you. I’ve also lived life just like you’re living life. Trust me, whatever you’re going through I’ve been through. What ever you’re feeling I’ve felt. I can relate to you.

The second question is how does God relate to you and me? How does he relate to us? This is mind boggling to me. The way he relates to us is a couple of things. Number 1 he relentlessly pursues us even though we often do not pursue him. Number 2, he does not give us what we deserve. Number 3, he never meets us halfway. He meets us all the way. You do good to meet somebody that will meet you half way. You find somebody who will meet you for lunch halfway, that’s a good lunch. We’ll find a place in between you and me. We’ll meet there, you won’t have to come too far, I won’t have to come too far. You get into a conflict and find somebody who’ll meet you halfway, you’re really happy. You get into a lawsuit and find somebody who’ll meet you half way, you are rejoicing. 

God doesn’t meet us halfway. He meets us the whole way. He didn’t come halfway from Heaven to Earth and say I got from the throne of glory down to here, now if you can get from whatever town you’re in up to the stratosphere, I’ll meet you halfway. No, he came to Bethlehem, that’s on earth. That’s on earth. He came all the way. Here’s the thing about how he relates to us. He relentlessly pursues us when we don’t pursue him. He meets us far more than halfway, he comes all the way. He’ll come all the way to where ever you are. He found the prodigal son in a pig farmers stall in the muck. That’s where he met him. That’s the place where that son came to his senses and stood up and said I’m going to turn my life around. You say well God was the father in the story. That’s right, and he was on the porch when he saw the son come over the hill. What did he do, he left the porch and he ran down the lane into the village to meet his son. 

Feeling Unloved

The other thing that God does when he meets us is he doesn’t give us what we deserve. Psalm 103, what does it say? It says he does not treat us as our sins deserve, but as a father has compassion on his children, so our father has compassion on those who fear him. Then the last question is what difference does it make in our world. Here’s the thing, when God sees you … A lot of us spend a lot of time looking in the mirror. Anybody here got a mirror on them? Ladies come on, help us. Do any of the guys have a mirror on them. That’s going to be maybe interesting. This is what God looks at when he sees you in a mirror. He says I want you to know a couple things. I want you to know that I love you. I’m going to prove that to you, I’m just going to say it. Amen.

How to Love Yourself When You Don’t Know How

I want you to know that I’m grateful for you. I added this because I just think it’s important for us to know today that God doesn’t just generically love the world. He’s actually happy that you’re alive today. He’s actually happy that you’re on the planet. He’s not sad that he made you. He’s looking at you going I’m so glad you’re here. I’m actually grateful for you, I appreciate who you are, the way you’re living your life, what you’re trying to be about. I just want you to know I appreciate that. Don’t you want somebody to appreciate something for crying out loud? He’s telling you I appreciate you. He’s saying to you you are a rare and beautiful treasure. Hello? You’re rare because there’s nobody else like you. You’re beautiful because you have God woven into you, and God is amazing. 

How to Love the Person in the Mirror

He says to you when he sees you in the mirror, I want you to know that I forgive you past, present, and future. There is something in history called the cross, and because of it all your sins past, present and future are covered, finished, done, paid for, atoned, washed away, canceled out. I forgive you. I forgive you. He says to us I just need you to know that I’m going to hold you to a high standard. Amen. I’m abbreviating here, and I can’t write anyway, but I’m going to give you grace and mercy in appropriate ways. Why, because the same passage in Psalm 103 says God knows our frame, he understands that we are dust. He’s not expecting you to be perfect. Hello? He said even the youth will stumble and fall. 

Even the strongest of us will get tired and grow weary. That’s why he’s going to raise us up on angle wings, and give us that God power that keeps us moving. He’s going to hold you to a higher standard. He’s not going to say oh don’t you worry about it. Your 7th marriage, oh that’s fine, go for 10, go double digits, it’s okay. No, he’s going to hold you to a higher standard because you’re his. You have the DNA of God, you have the spirit of God, you have the life of Christ, you have the body of Christ. He’s going to hold you to a high standard. He’s going to say you should become like Christ, but if you stumble I’m not going to throw you off the bus. I’m going to, in appropriate ways, give you grace and mercy because you’re made out of dust and I understand that. 

How to Love Myself

He’s going to say to you and me I have a special calling for your life, so nobody is just going to a cubicle today. Everybody is going to a divine appointment today. Then he’s going to say to us, because he sees us in the mirror, I just want you to know that I’m cheering for you and I believe in you. Anybody wish somebody was cheering for you? God is saying, I need you to know when I see you in the mirror this is what I see. When Heaven looks down and sees you, Heaven says about you … Heaven says I love you. Heaven says we’re grateful you’re alive so don’t do anything stupid okay today? We like you. Oh, nobody cares about me. My life is insignificant. Nobody would even care if I wasn’t here. Wrong, Heaven would care if you weren’t here because Heaven is grateful that you’re on the planet today. 

I Don’t Love Myself

Heaven is saying you’re rare and a beautiful treasure. It does not have anything to do with whether it’s a good hair day or a bad hair day, or you’re tucking it in or sucking it in. You’re a rare and beautiful treasure. I forgive you. Heaven is telling you I forgive you. We’re going to hold you to a high standard. This isn’t going to be some free for all, but trust us. From Heaven you are always going to get grace and mercy in an appropriate way. Six, we’ve got a special calling for you today, and seven, as you go out the door today Heaven is cheering for you. Heaven is cheering for you. You say well what difference does that make in my relationships with me and my relationships with everybody else?

It’s important that you and I come to real terms with whether we believe that or not, because it’s going to inform, hello, our second most important relationship which is the one with ourselves. It’s going to domino into every relationship we have. You know what I found about me? I found about me that I can easily say oh man, I absolutely … Yeah, all that, I believe all that, but you know whether or not you believe that not by your primary relationship with God but you see it reflected in the relationships with everybody else. Can I show you something you won’t forget? God is a shoveler. It says his mercies are new every single day. Isn’t that good news. Every day God’s got mercy for you and for me. God is a generous God. 

Does God Love Me?

Think about this, every morning when you wake up God is saying from Heaven I just want you to know I love you today. You need it? You need some more? I’ve got some more. Four, okay great, got four. You need mercy today, I’ve got mercy for you today. Do you need compassion? I have compassion for you today. You need to know that you’re forgiven today? I’m just going to remind you again today the price Christ paid for you. You are washed. You are righteous. You are completely brand new. You are a new creation. The old is gone, the new has come. The price is paid. The debt is cancelled. Do you need more, okay. Six hours on a cross, innocent for the guilty, the righteous for the unrighteous, the just for the unjust. You can come to God. He just pours on us love, mercy, kindness, compassion, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, cleansing, acceptance. He’s a shoveler our God. 

We come to church a lot of times and we’re like thank you Lord. Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me. We just sing that with all of our hearts. We say that is my truth, but do you know how you know that that’s true about you? You know that’s true about you in the way that you interact with the people around you. Because what I’ve discovered is that we love to celebrate the shovel, but we’re really better at dispensing the spoon. Oh, you messed up again. You need some compassion don’t you? All right, well, I’m going to give you some compassion, there you go. That’s because I’m a Jesus person. I just want you to know that. There you go. Oh, you need to be forgiven, ooh, hmm, well I’m going to pray about that. Talk to my small group, my accountability group, my prayer team. I’m going to fast for 4 years … during the night. I’ll get back to you. I’ll get back to you. Oh yes, forgiveness, you’re going to get some. There you go. 

How to Practice Self Love

Isn’t it amazing that we celebrate the shovel, but yet we dispense with the spoon. What this says is extremely important, because when we, I, dispense with the spoon and not the shovel it’s not about you, it’s about me. What it says is not that you’re not worth more acceptance, what it says is that I haven’t received enough acceptance to feel like I could shovel some out to you. What the spoon says is that I haven’t really received a shovel, because when I have received a shovel then the shovel is what I use to dispense to you. Our primary relationship is our relationship with God. In that relationship with God, everything starts with God. Coming down from God to you and me. It’s a daily thing. 

I’m telling you nobody is leaving the house without stopping here. Nobody is going to work without stopping here. Nobody is coming to church without stopping here. Nobody is going into your important meeting without stopping here. When you stop here you’ve got to understand Heaven is talking to me. Jesus is talking to me. Because of the cross, all this is true. I’m loved. Heaven is grateful for me. I’m a rare and beautiful treasure. I am completely forgiven. I’m going to be held to a high standard by God, but get grace and mercy. I’ve got a special calling in my life and Heaven is cheering for me today. 

The Beginning Point

The degree to which I believe that is going to change my heart completely. It is going to infect in the most amazing way every single relationship in my life.The beginning point for us … Next week we’re going to unpack a little bit more what this looks like to love ourselves. The beginning point today is just to believe that there is a God who can relate to you. There is a God who’s met you more than half way. There is a God who’s given you not what you deserve, but he’s given you grace, and forgiveness, mercy, and kindness. He’s done all that not just so your life can be changed, but so the lives of all the people around you can be changed as well. 

Jesus thank you today that standing in all of our story today is a cross. That that cross is the central reality that allows us to know you, and out of that relationship with you allows us to love each other. We just trust today that you will open up our minds, our understanding, our capacity to believe and receive so that it’s not just words that we’ve heard, messages that we’ve checked off, songs that we have sung. It is the reality that we breath, and it is the love that we embrace day by day by day. We just trust that you’ll give us the ability to do that. We need your help to receive you love. We thank you for the possibility of that through the person of Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen. Thank you guys.

Pastor Craig: What a great message. Lets’ continue in an attitude of prayer. Father thank you so much that you brought that message especially got administered to me and I know to so many others as well, As you keep praying in all of our churches in an attitude of prayer, I wonder how many of you when you look in the mirror, you often don’t like what you see. You feel insecure. You feel inadequate. You maybe feel guilty. Maybe even at times feel unloved. If this message spoke to you in a very personal way today, and you really want to be one who not only receives the shovel, but also dispenses the shovel, and you want to see yourself as God sees you because you often feel inadequate or not like enough, will you lift up your hand right now. All of our churches God is speaking to you. 

Father I think you so much for so many people who are receiving from you. I pray God your holy spirit will just seal this message into our spirits. God you see us as lovable. God you’ve called us, you’ve dispensed your grace upon us. You have a very special calling for every single person. God I pray that as our identity is formed in our love for you that we truly could love others as we love ourselves God, because you did not give us what we deserve. God you first loved us when we didn’t deserve it. God you showed us your love.

Learning to Love the Person in the Mirror

As you keep praying at all of our churches today I now there are a lot of you that you may be exactly like I was some 27, 28 years ago. I honestly remember looking in the mirror back in college and saying I don’t like the guy that I’m looking at. The reason is I felt so guilty. I’d done so many things wrong. 

I remember feeling drawn toward God but feeling unworthy to come to him. The reason is I didn’t understand that God didn’t love me because I was good or bad. God loved me because he’s good. He sent his love. He didn’t meet me half way. He came on of us in the person of his son Jesus who was without sin. Who bore the weight of my sin on the cross, died and on the third day rose again so that anyone, and that included me, who didn’t deserve it, anyone who would call out his name would be saved, forgiven, and transformed. When I called on Jesus I became a new creation the Bible calls it. The old was gone and everything became new. There are those of you today, this is the very reason that God brought you here, because you may not like yourself. You may feel unworthy. You may feel unclean. You may feel dirty. When you turn from your sins and when you follow Jesus he makes you new.

How to Have a Relationship with Jesus

There are those of you this is the very reason you experienced this message today. At all of our churches, those of you who say yes I need his grace, yes I need the mercy of Jesus. I want to believe and embrace that he loved me and he came for me. Today I turn from my sins and I completely surrender my life to him. When you do you will become brand new. Your sins forgiven and you become a new person in Christ. All of our churches, those who say yes that’s me. I want his grace. I need his forgiveness. Therefore today I give my life to him. That’s your prayer. Lift your hands high right now. In all of our churches you say yes, I want to pursue and give my live to Jesus. As hands go up in all our churches, Church online you click right below me. 

I would love for all of you to pray aloud with those around you. Just simply pray, Heavenly Father, I need your grace and your forgiveness for your son Jesus. I believe Jesus died for me, and he rose again so I could know you and follow you. Jesus save me, be first in my life. My lord fill me with your spirit so I can follow you and live for you for the rest of my life. My life is not my own, today I give it to you. Thank you for new life, now you have mine. In Jesus name I pray.

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If this video connected with you in some way, and you’d like to find out more about having a relationship with God and how His forgiveness and grace applies to you, a great place to start is praying the prayer below. The words themselves aren’t magic, but if you earnestly pray them and mean them, God will hear you! He’ll help you in ways you don’t understand, and we’ll help you find support and next steps.

The Prayer

Jesus, I don't know You, and I don't know what Your plan is for me. But thank you for coming to die in my place. I'm sorry for anything I've ever done wrong in my life. I don't understand how You could ever forgive me, but if You really would, I would like to accept your free gift of grace and complete forgiveness. Please come into my life and take control, and help me trust You. In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen.

Did you pray this prayer?

So Now What?

If you really meant that prayer, the next step is to get you connected with other Christ-followers near you so you can grow, learn and become stronger in your faith.

Click the CONNECT NOW button below to find a group of believers who can help you establish that relationship with God that you’ve only just begun.

God loves you – specifically you! And because He does, you have a bright future! Trust Him to help you find it.

Connect with Other Believers

Take the next step and get to know others just like you who are looking for real answers. You will find amazing support and community, and answers to questions you may have not even thought to ask!

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