Your loved one is in Heaven because he or she believed in Jesus and Jesus loves them. It's no different for you or me. Jesus loves us. If we believe in Jesus and trust Him to forgive us of our sins, we will go to Heaven. Then someday we’ll be reunited with Jesus and our loved ones who also accepted His free gift of salvation.

The gospel is summed up in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loved you so much He sent Jesus to take the penalty of your sins and die in your place so you could live in Heaven forever with Him. You have to cling to that truth by faith.

John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” After you have repented and believed, you need to personally receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

Repenting, believing, and receiving can be done by a simple, yet eternally profound, prayer. It might sound something like this:

Heavenly Father, I repent. I turn to You now. I realize I can’t get to Heaven on my own. I believe Jesus Christ took the penalty of my sin and died on the Cross in my place so I could know You, love You, and spend eternity with You in Heaven. I believe Jesus rose from the dead, and I receive Him now as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for accepting me into Your eternal family. Amen.

If you have prayed that prayer from your heart, you have the assurance of what the Bible promises: you are now a new creation in Christ, old things have passed away, and “all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). You have been forgiven of your sins and adopted into God's family. Now, find a good bible teaching church, read God’s Word, obey what you read, and live a life that makes a difference!