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"Knowing that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was God’s love for us transformed my life..."

In 2013, I still remember the first time reading the words of Christ in my bedroom. It was Matthew 7:24-27, where Jesus describes two men, one wise and one foolish. The wise man builds his house on the rock and it is stable, able to withstand the rain, flood and even strong wind. After reading this, I was convicted and amazed at how the words of Christ spoke such accuracy in my life, where I was the foolish man that built his house on the sand and fell.

 

When my partner and I decided to go through with the termination in 2012, no one told us of the guilt that would follow. I always envisioned myself as a father, but not the way it had planned out. The abortion put a strain on my relationship with my partner and we grew distant. I felt responsible as I believed I had influenced her to terminate. Guilt continued to grow and it felt like it had destroyed my soul and mind. Distractions would temporarily help but I could not escape the weight of guilt as it was there when I slept at night.

 

I was in the army reserve at the time, my body was at its best physically but my mind and heart was broken. It was in 2013 that I met some Christians and for the first time I heard the gospel. This is where I started to learn about Jesus Christ and His life, power, love, sacrifice and His forgiveness. I was amazed of Christ being both God and man. Knowing that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was God’s love for us transformed my life.

 

Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, knowing that He can forgive sinners drew me to him. I read 1 John 1:9-10. I remember believing this for the first time. I prayed to God and lifted my hands in the air with tears going down my face. From the moment of belief, guilt had washed away, as if it was never there! And the peace of God was replaced. This is where God brought healing and transformation in my life. I was no longer a foolish man that built his life on the sand. Now God was helping me to build my faith and life on the rock which is a solid foundation. That foundation is the promises of God. And from that I will never be shaken.

EARL, Australia

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