In the midst of our guilt and shame we can convince ourselves that we are too messed up for Jesus or that we have done something so terrible that God could never forgive us. Can we really come to God just as we are?
The Bible speaks about beginning a relationship with God through Jesus Christ in a variety of ways, so it may come as a surprise that nowhere does Scripture specifically refer to “praying to accept Jesus into your heart.”
“Sinner” is an identity word and is misapplied if it’s used to name the Christian’s identity—their person. Before God, identity is not a both/and (sinner and righteous); it is an either/or (sinner or righteous).