Just as the first talking point in the “plan of salvation”is forgiveness, or helping someone to realize their need for it, the second isthe availability of forgiveness to any who come to God seeking it.
For God so loved theworld that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall notperish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Most of us are incredibly familiar with this oft-quotedpassage, but a key component of salvation that often goes overlooked is that itdoes require something on our part.
Not everyone who saysto me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one whodoes the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21
Forgiveness is available for all, but it is notautomatic. It requires acknowledging ourneed for God, accepting the forgiveness that is available, and submitting toGod’s will for our lives.