Wednesday, 6 March 2019
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to EVERYONE according to what he has done.” (Revelation 22:12) [YL: God is just.]
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14) [YL: Repent and Receive Christ.]
“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:15) [YL: Fear the Lord and flee from all practices of darkness!]
God is light; In Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) [YL: Let God’s light break into our darkness!]
My mind turns to explore the meaning of ‘unconditional’ love. Does God love us unconditionally? Yes, He does. He may NOT like what we are doing, but He loves us with an EVERLASTING LOVE. The above verses from the book of Revelation tell me very clearly that God is just but we need to repent (wash our robes) and return (come back) to Him through Christ.
When we have Christ in us, we will fear the Lord the way Jesus fears the Father. This kind of fear does not terrorize, traumatize or paralyze us. It perfects us - in the way we love one another, especially our enemies. God will teach us how to love our enemies. God will teach us how to resist temptations.
I believe there is one condition – the only condition i.e. true repentance – at that very moment when we return (come back) to God, asking Him for forgiveness and receiving Christ into our heart. Some of us return to God when we are helpless and hopeless…
Dear Father God,
Thank You for Your patience. You are not slow to fulfil Your promise but patient toward us, not wishing that anyone should perish, but that ALL should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
This is Your Will: that EVERYONE who LOOKS on Your Son, Jesus Christ and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and You will raise him/her up on the last day. (John 6:40)
Father God, You are just. The wages of sin is death, but the Your FREE GIFT is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. You desire ALL people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth i.e. Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to You except through Christ. (John 14:6)
Today, God is saying:
I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked TURN FROM HIS WAY and LIVE. (Ezekiel 33:11a)
What if we still sin? The Bible says:
If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Whoever says, “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His Word, in Him truly the love of God is perfected. Perfect love drives out fear.
None of us is perfect – we are being perfected by God’s love.
Lam Yee Ling