Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain other salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:8-13
Ever have a dog? You would play with them and take them for a walk. But is you got busy you could kind of ignore them and when things got back to normal, there was your dog ready to play. No hard feeling with a dog just loyalty. Their feelings are not hurt and they are never angry with you. Now abuse that dog and they will cower when you come near. They might even attack you. That is their nature.
Have you ever ignored a good friend? They will be hurt and even angry. Sure they may forgive you but the friendship is never the same. Now abuse the same friend, call them names and what happens? Usually you will find yourself short a friend. They may stick around for a while but eventually they will leave. That is just our nature.
And then there is God. You can blaspheme and cures Him every day of your life and then on your deathbed repent and accept Him and there is God with open arms ready to forgive and accept you into His family. You can accept God as a child or adult and then go down a wrong path and God will patiently wait for your return. But even more, he will gently nudge you back to the right path. Nudge, never force for God want us to come willingly of our own accord. But each time there He is arms open for our return. We may stray a thousand times and He is ready to forgive a thousand time a thousand times. Even when we are not God is always faithful. That is His nature.
Now don’t be mistaken. If you continue to deny God right up until you draw that final breath He will not still take you in. If you deny Him he will deny you. It is not that He does not love you, he does, it is because He will not force Himself on you that will be the reason for His denial. God will respect your decision in life. Since you chose to live your life without Him He will not force you to spend eternity with Him. He will send you to a place where He is not. The Bible calls this place hell. The Bible’s descriptions of hell are not very nice. It is a place of constant torment. But it will not be God who torments you, God will not be there. No, I think the torments in hell will be self inflicted.
Think about it. All your life you have denied God. Then, after you die you are brought before Him and now you know. God is real. You have been wrong and there is nothing you can do to change anything. It is too late. You know God exists and you see His glory, a glory you will never see again. And you will have all eternity to contemplate what you have done. I have often heard it said that hell is a place that is locked from the inside.
We have some 70 odd years to make one decision. But you have to decide. Not choosing to decide is the same as saying no to God. Chose life and live with Him forever. Chose death and be separated from Him forever. The choice is ours.
Have a blessed day,