It’s a question many of us have pondered at some point in our faith journey: “How do I know I’m saved?” It’s a deeply personal and profound question, and I’m glad you’re seeking clarity on it.

Firstly, let’s talk about the foundation of our salvation. In Romans 10:9, Paul writes, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is the core of the Gospel message. If you’ve genuinely made this confession and hold this belief in your heart, then you’ve taken the essential step towards salvation.

But, of course, it’s natural to want some sort of “proof” or evidence in our daily lives that this salvation is real and active. This is where the fruit of the Holy Spirit comes into play. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” These aren’t just abstract concepts; they’re tangible qualities that should be evident in our lives as we grow in our relationship with God.

Now, it’s important to remember that none of us are perfect. We all have our off days, and sometimes we might not feel particularly loving or patient. But the key is the overall trajectory of our lives. Are we growing in these areas? Are we more loving, more patient, more kind than we were a year ago, or five years ago? If the answer is yes, then that’s a good sign that the Holy Spirit is at work in us, producing His fruit.

Lastly, remember that salvation is not about a checklist of do’s and don’ts. It’s about a relationship with Jesus. As you continue to walk with Him, trust in His promises, and seek to grow in the fruit of the Spirit, you’ll find assurance in your salvation. And always remember, God’s love for you is unchanging and His promises are sure.

I hope this brings some clarity and encouragement to your heart. Keep seeking, keep growing, and keep leaning into God’s love and grace.