Nothing But The Truth!
Nothing But the Truth!
Have you ever thought about if you truly love a person? I mean really love someone! Have you ever had to tell the one you love the truth, even to the point that it may hurt them to hear your words. As an husband, parent, pastor and coach, let me tell you that it is not an easy thing, Especially, for me. I would rather, just have peace and could things moving. However, that’s not truly Christlike. Well that is where I find my self lately, telling those that I care about some hard truth. I find it easy to speak to them about the love of Jesus Christ. Who does not want to know about all the grace and mercy readily available to them? However, when it comes to the truth about His wrath, well that is another story. As some of you may be aware, when I gave my life to Jesus in 1996, my entire world and it’s view changed. No longer did I just live to please myself, I was giving a overwhelming desire to see others know and love God for themselves. There were those who questioned my legitimacy as a follower of Christ and those who just thought that it was my latest phase; and perhaps those who could not care either way. Regardless, my heart wanted to convey this truth to each and every person that I knew, however, I understood for prior experiences that it would be fruitless for me to began preaching to every soul. I thought that I should first live it, than give it. So here it goes. As much as God is a God of love, He is a God of wrath. This is one of the danger-signals which God has placed across the sinner's pathway to Hell. At every turn of the Broad Road there are notice boards giving warning of the Destruction which lies ahead. The Sunday School teacher, the prayers of godly parents, the sermons of faithful preachers, the little Gospel tract, the warnings of conscience, the innate fear of death, the declarations of Holy 'Writ, are so many obstacles which God places in the way of the sinner-so many barriers to the Lake of Fire.
One chief reason why God wrote the Bible was to warn the sinner of the awful consequences of sin, and to bid him flee from the wrath to come. "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment" (Heb.9:27). "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5). "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" (Heb. 2:3). Men try to forget that there is such a thing as Divine wrath. The realization of it makes them uneasy, so they endeavor to banish all thought of it. At times they are terrified at the bare mention of God's wrath, hence their anxiety to dismiss the subject from their minds. Others try to believe there is no such thing. They argue that God is loving and merciful, and therefore God's Anger is merely a bogey with which to frighten naughty children. But how do we know that God is Loving and Merciful? The heathen do not believe that He is. Nor does Nature clearly and uniformly reveal the fact. The answer is, we know God to be such, because His Word so affirms. Yes, and the same Bible which tells of God's Mercy speaks of His Wrath, and as a matter of fact, refers more frequently (much more so) to His anger than it does to His love.
The fact of God's Wrath is clearly revealed in the Scriptures. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; but he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (Rom. 1:18). "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience" (Eph. 5:6). In these, and in other passages too numerous to mention, the fact of the Divine wrath is affirmed. And now let us consider that once you have heard the that you have a choice between life and death, and Heaven an Hell, you must choose weather you will accept this powerful, free love of God and repent of yours sins, or weather you will stay the course, you are now on. Please do not take or make this decision lightly. Think about it for a minute…….
My friend, it is my prayer that you will embrace the love of Jesus today. Let me know, what you choose.