I grew up in a born-again family, and asked God to save me when I was a little kid. I was baptized when I was a teenager. I've always listened to the Bible, prayed, praised the Lord, and told people the good news.
When I was a kid, I sinned, like- I told lies, stole little things, and bullied other kids. When I was a pre-teen and teenager I got involved in horrible sins I won't talk about now. As I kept reading the Bible, especially books like Isaiah and Jeremiah, God convicted my heart that He punishes even His own people for sin. The wages of sin is death, and the soul that sins, it will die.
I tried to hide my sins, and wanted to stop them, but just kept ending up doing the same things again. Some things happened that scared me really bad, including one of my friends dying from cancer. 1 John 1:9 warned me that I needed to admit what I had done, that it was sin, and that it was my fault.
In my late teen years, the Lord's Word like in Psalm 32, completely broke my heart, and I repented.
I still struggle against temptation some today, but the Lord has shown Himself real and living to me by many infallible proofs. He has answered prayers miraculously, kept us safe, and done great things for us.
I am thankful and glad for His mercy and forgiveness.
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