This is the truth and it hurts.
My heart hurts. It aches, because I know something terribly true.
In John 14:6 it says,
And the simple truth is that it says, without Jesus there is no way to salvation. There is no possible way without Him and that is what kills me. It kills me inside because I know there are people who the nicest people around, and they still won't be able to go heaven without Him. I know people who are fighting for other people's lives/freedom/rights, and without Jesus, they still won't be able to obtain an eternal life of goodness. What a heavy pill to swallow! To know that even in our best efforts in this dark world, nothing can open the heavenly gates when we die. This hurts, because I know that I cannot make anyone believe in Jesus, nor be free from offending people. I cannot make anyone take this wonderful gift.
Without receiving Jesus's saving work on the cross, we are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) The Bible doesn't dance around this at all. It gets straight to the point. That is why there will be some who are so opposing to you and your faith (Matthew 10:22). That means, the Christian faith cannot be a faith who strives to please people. While this gospel presents an unconditional love & all things lovely, it also comes with an unequivocal truth. A truth that will is not favored by this world. The moment our life begins we are spiritually dead. We live at a time when we want to equate love with acceptance of all things. But that cannot be the case. Our God is not a God who is tolerant to sin & the effects of it. The very nature of who He is is incapable of accepting sin. He is Holy (bible references). The penalty of sin is hell (Romans 6:23). We all deserved hell.
BUT THEN JESUS CAME IN! God saw this chaos before it began & wrapped it all up in His arms to make a way for us to experience a relationship with Him. He came down as Jesus Christ, and provided an amazing gift - the perfect, sinless sacrifice. Jesus Christ laid down His life, so we could experience what it means to be rescued from our sins. So once Jesus died on the cross, our sins died along with Him. 3 days later when Jesus rose from the dead, we rose with Him to a new life through Him. How crazy to know what Jesus did thousand of years ago still be alive today. I pray this will make sense to your heart. I pray that those who don't know Him can come to see our spiritual deadness - our eternal damnation.
My heart hurts for those who have received Jesus, but fall into the trap of this world. We have the faith, but how can we keep it to ourselves? How can we not share the gospel & pray for people when we know for certain our friends & families will not be in heaven with us? How can we be okay with knowing the giver of Life, and not want others to have it too?!?
I pray that we can live this faith out loud, looking at our one true King. I pray that He will give you the courage to be bold - not worrying about people not liking you for what you stand for. I also pray that you do all this in a place of love. Because sharing the gospel without having the grace of God is meaningless. The very core of it all was His love.
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