Thursday, August 07, 2008

You're Going To Live Forever. . .Somewhere. . .

From Apprising Ministries:

"Christian journalist Nick Harrison makes this important comment about the life of the Christian:

'My wife is a skilled seamstress. She quickly restores garments that need mending, giving them many months of extra use, whereas they would otherwise be ready for the trash. In our own unique ways we all have talents given to us by God to help mend torn people. Some may help financially, others may pray diligently still others may be called to daily hands-on involvement. But whatever our gifts, the mending pile of humanity grows daily.'

In my view it’s good sometimes to be reminded, that although God is sickened by the sin in this world, He still loves people within it. And one of the reasons the Lord has chosen to delay the Second Coming of Christ is because God the Father is patient…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But alas, the sad truth remains that there are many who will not make it. And in the end this will prove to be the result their own choices.

You see, when God made man He could have “programmed” us to obey Him. However, even though the LORD God Almighty is completely sovereign, at the same time He also holds man to be responsible for his won moral choices. And God, Who is love, knew that people cannot be forced to love because that would, in fact, no longer be love.

You’ve no doubt heard the old saying along the lines of: If you love someone set them free; if they love you they’ll return. In the case of our Creator, that’s essentially what He did with His cherished creation mankind. However, because sin has now warped our perceptions about God, and with not a little help from Satan, we are incapable of returning to Him unless the Lord draws us to Himself. And God knew along what the cost would be for mankind to be able to live with Him; our Creator Himself would have to come into His Own world and die for His Church. . .

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