Proof of Your Salvation
You are saved by God's grace, period. No matter what you do or how much you do, you can not save yourself. We are not deserving of Mercy or Salvation. But becuase God loved us that He gave Himself up on the Cross, it is by His Grace that we are saved. Not by how much good we do, not by what we say... we DO NOT have the ability to save ourselves. We can not work or buy our way to God or Heaven. His Grace is the open door that He opened for us all to be accepted by Him. This door is a life changing door, It is a door for perpetual change in that if we are to truely believe in Him and walk with Him, then all things that are sin, or the result of sin, will pass away since they can not abide in this new creature that God has made in you as a result of your accepted salvation.
Are you sure you are saved?
Do you really believe in Christ and His Word?
These aren't retorical questions but serious ones. Something has to happen for you to be saved. You have to bear fruit.
Being saved is some overnight change in everything you do. God will guide you to a path that will prepare you for the things of God and the things the He will direct you to do. He will cleanse you of your sin and wickedness. As with most things, this is a learning process for us. God, over time, will get you into His will and out of your own will.
The fruit has to reflect the status of your salvation. What I mean is that IF you are really saved, then you are continually working with Christ to not just better yourself, but to better yourself in God's sight. You are getting rid of the old you, your old habits, your old desires, and replacing them with what God sees as good, holy and righteous.
You will be in a constant state of change into something that God favors.
So being saved isn't an instant process of being able to get away from your sins, you still have to deal with them. You are a new creature, but the sin and its results are still in the world, and part of this process for you is to get rid of that, which takes time and guidance from God. He will direct your pathto a righteous life and one that is favorable to God.
Being saved is a life altering event... but most are not instant in the respect of change. God will work with you and take you down the path He needs you to go down to do the righteous things He has for you.
So if you used to lust, you will start that process to lust no more. Instead you will see that sex as a gift and as a masterpiece that God has made, instead of the objects to fuel your lustful desires.
If you stole things, you will instead see God's provisions for whom those things belongs to. And God will surely bring provision to you to satisfy your needs and wants.
If you committed abortion, you will see that the baby is a gift from God instead of an earthly burdon or annoyance. Every child is a blessing, no matter what that child has or how frustrating they make you, or no matter how much they get in the way of your dreams. God loves children. And God sees every child, born, unborn or not even conceived, as a person and they are very important to Him.
If you've murdered out of some evil desire, you will begin to see that life is precious, every life is precious.
If you've dishonored your parents simply to get your way. You will realize that the actions your parents took was nothing more than the results of the love they have for you. You are to honor your mother and father. No matter what you think they've done to you. IF they have done something wrong to you, revenge is not ours but the Father's. Rest your heart, He will deal with them.
Everything that you used to enjoy that was an abonination to God will begin to 'taste bitter'. they will begin to not be as enjoyful as they used to be. Eventually you will even hate doing those things.
You will literally change to be a better person. Your relationships will become more rich with love, and it will show. God will soften your heart for you to be more willing to do things that He wants, so that your life would be more righteous and more enjoyable.
It is one thing to come home to the one your love and know that they will be there. It is entirely another thing when everything you do begins to be favorable in God's sight as blessings will come to you. No matter your situation, God can fix it, if you allow Him into your heart to really change you.
Hatred, grudges, the discontent in your heart... will all pass away with the old you and the new you will begin to inhabit and the life you have in front of you will be more enjoyful and rewarding than you can imagine.
Let God into your heart, begin to love like He loves. And see through His eyes if the things you done and the things before you.
God loves you, no matter what you've done. And He is always there for you, just waiting for you to come running to Him, as a loving child does to their loving father.
Be blessed and be a blessing!