Jesus has done almost everything needed for us to enjoy a relationship with Him forever. We have a critical part to play in receiving and giving Jesus’ love. Jesus began His ministry by saying, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” What does that mean? Repentance means to “turn around and go in the opposite direction.” Jesus’ gift of Eternal Life, and eternity with Him, is completely free. It cost Jesus His life to be able to give it to us, but He gives it to us freely as a gift of love. But what do we need to do, and what does Jesus need us to do, so that He can live His life freely through us? We must be willing to turn from the principle of sin, and from the actions of sins; specifically, we must renounce that which hurts God and other people and ourselves. You may be thinking, “Jim, I’ve tried to change before, I can’t do it!” I can’t either. No one can… not by themselves. The Spirit of Jesus, The Holy Spirit, must remove the sin principle that is in us and give us His power to be “bent toward God” in order for us to leave our sins and truly love God and other people. If we are willing to surrender control of our lives, and obey God, God is more than willing to give us His power to change and to leave evil actions behind and to live for Him.