1. Admit that you are a sinner.
While most of us think we are “good people," everyone has done things that are not as God desires. That is called sin. No one can meet God’s perfect standard. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
2. Recognize that as a sinner, you are separated from God.
None of us will ever be good enough for God. Because He is holy and perfect, God must judge sin. The penalty for our sin is eternal separation from God. The Bible explains that because we are sinners, we are separated from God and our sin brings about our death: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
3. Understand that Christ died for your sins and that He rose from the grave.
Here is the good news! Because Jesus loves you, God provided a substitute for the penalty we deserve. When Jesus died on a cross, He took the penalty for our sin. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). When Jesus rose again, He conquered the grave forever! His death and resurrection guarantee abundant life for us in this life and eternal life for those who believe in Him.