How Can You Be Assured Of Eternal Life?

Ephesians 1- 13 – ”And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,” If you have believed and have accepted Christ as your Savior you have received the Holy Spirit. Many Christians may find it difficult to believe they have the Holy Spirit because He is not visible or can not be felt. Is there a way to know without any doubt that you have received the Holy Spirit? If we know for sure that we have the Holy Spirit we are assured that we will go to Heaven and we will have eternal life with God.

There is a test that we can take to prove that the Holy Spirit is in our lives. Here is how we can tell. Since we accepted Christ and received salvation have our lives changed? Are we becoming more Christ-like in our daily living?

Prior to being converted I had spent four years in the Navy. Most of those years I spent overseas. I don’t believe I was a typical sailor but had developed a number of bad habits. However, once I accepted Jesus Christ into my life, my life changed totally. The worldly things I believed were fun and important diminished. I think it can best be described by I Corinthians 13:4 – 7 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

I noticed a difference in my heart and started to see a love that became patient and kind. It didn’t happen overnight but it gradually improved. I had a problem with anger and had a short temper. I become more considerate of other people and a lot less judgmental. I developed a desire to be more kind to others.

I found myself overcoming jealousy and had no desire to control others or envy what they had that I didn’t. I don’t believe I was arrogant but as a young person there were times of boasting. As I grew older and realized that people with confidence need not brag that no longer became a problem. It seems people who lacked confidence and struggled with a low self-esteem were having a problem dealing with pride.

Interacting with people over a period of time I learned not to let others provoke me to the point of rudely retaliating. We must never get even with someone doing evil things to us by retaliating by being evil ourselves. God will deal with those types of people. It is not our job.

Love does not rejoice in evil but in the truth. I made it a practice to never lie to anyone. Previously I had a tendency to stretch the truth. I have gone for years without intentionally lying to anyone. I have given out information that I later found was not accurate. It was never done with the intention of deceiving someone.

Love protects, always hopes and always perseveres. My love chooses to trust and believe the best in people. Often times people have disappointed me. Over the years of working with thousands of people I have learned to realize that people come from different backgrounds with different temperaments and personalities. In most cases they are doing the best they can with what they have to work with.

The final test question: Is there someone whom I love very much? How often do I think about that person or persons? Do I think about them often or continually? How much do I love God? Do I think about Him more than just through the weekend service? If I don’t think about Him often or continually it may indicate just how much or how little my love is for Him. Am I meeting the commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

I now must ask myself this question: “Could I have changed or in the process of changing this much without the Holy Spirit being within me”? Could I have had unconditional love prior to my conversion? The answer would be: “Never in a million years”.

It is now your turn. Take the test. Since being saved have you noticed any change in how you live and do you now love differently? Then ask yourself: “Could you have made the changes without the assistance of the Holy Spirit?” If you passed the test you can be assured of eternal life with Christ. Don’t you now feel more confident where you will spend eternity?

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