It is such a huge relief to know that I don’t have to earn my way into Heaven, I don’t have to work for my salvation. I don’t have to be perfect in order for God to want a relationship with me. I simply have to believe in Jesus and receive the free gift of grace. He lifts the burden of inadequacy and insufficiency from my shoulders. He fills in the gaps of my flaws and my failures. The moment I believe, God receives me as I am and makes me His child, and as my Heavenly Father He begins the tender process of helping me more closely resemble Him.
John 1:12, “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God—” NIV