Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
"What's He going to do to me? He loves everybody. He's got to take me to heaven, or He wouldn't be God."
Jeff's statement left Cathy stunned. Was it true? It certainly made sense. What kind of loving God could send someone to hell? Maybe Jeff knew what he was talking about. Maybe it didn't really matter what a person does on earth.
Don't kid yourself. God cares very deeply about how we choose to live our lives, and as far as hell goes, only people who choose to go there make it. God has given us free will. He will not force any of us to spend eternity with Him if we don't want to. If we decide, however, that we do want to spend our eternity in heaven, then it is our responsibility to prepare ourselves, body, mind, and spirit. Our earthly existence becomes boot camp for the Kingdom. We train for the world which is to come. God is just and merciful, but He will indeed judge. It is the innocent who will stand beside Him.
Let me not tempt Your mercy, Lord, but do everything in my power to act as I thing You want me to act. Train me to be a Kingdom person, worthy to enter Your heaven when I am ready. Amen.
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