So many people are living as slaves to vices and addictions like alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality, gambling and such. Many families are suffering from these evil vices.
Young people are often introduced to sinful habits as “fun,” and little by little they become addicted to these dreadful habits. They forget their moral values and bring shame to themselves, their families and loved ones. Some turn into ruthless criminals, ruining their own future prospects for a meaningful life. They become a menace to society!
These poor, unfortunate souls – victims of addiction, whether intentionally or by accident – do not know the way out. They cannot escape this slavery. They live in utter darkness. They often lose their health to incurable diseases until death overtakes them. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
Dear friends, only a few years ago I was traveling down that same dreadful road. I was an alcoholic, drug addict, adulterer, and chain smoker. I made the lives of my wife and children a hell on earth!
One day I came home completely drunk. Not knowing what I was doing I threw kerosene on my wife and children, intending to burn them alive. Instead, I headed to some railroad tracks nearby to end my life. I laid my head on the track and fell asleep.
A train was heading toward me, but a red signal caused the train to stop, and railroad workers pulled me off the track. By the time I came to my senses the police had arrived. They gave me a severe warning and sent me back home.
In a later incident, I drank a bottle of brandy, broke the bottle and tried to stab myself to death. I attempted suicide many times, but thank God I didn’t succeed.
Then my life was transformed – a wonderful thing happened. My wife and children accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and constantly prayed for my salvation. Because of their prayers and tears I finally repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. He took me off the road to destruction and put me on the road to eternal life. What a transformation!
Like me, you too can be set free from all your bad habits and vices so that you can enjoy the peace and joy of Jesus, the Savior of sinners. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and invite Him into your heart. Then you too will be saved from the slavery of sin and eternal death. God’s desire is for you to be saved from the penalty of sin and be accepted as one of His children.
The Lord Jesus Christ “gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4). “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
- M. John, India
Scriptures from Holy Bible, New International Version, ©1978, International Bible Society