8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
God created us to know Him and to love Him–but sin stands in the way. Still, God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. He is longing to welcome you back home. He only asks that you come to Him through faith in Jesus and repent of your sins.