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Words From a Friend


od loves His creation so much that He has given each of us the gift of free will so that we can freely choose to love Him. But with that gift also comes the choice to live acceptable and righteous lives before God, according to His commands, or to sin against a Holy and Righteous God who cannot even look on sin. As with all actions in life, there are consequences. We can choose to love God and keep His commandments not to sin, and go to be with Him in Heaven when we die, or we can choose to willfully disobey His commandments and choose not to be with Him when we die. The choice, however, is ours.

But make no mistake about it, the Bible is clear, you cannot have it both ways -- if you are a child of God, you will not sin.

1 John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."

Luke 16:13 "No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

In fact the test that we truly love God, is that we will keep His commands. If we do not keep His commands, then we demonstate that we really do not love Him.

1 John 1:6 "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth"

John 14:15 "If ye love Me, keep My commandments."

A good definition of sin is that it is a willful transgression against the known will of God and His will is very clear on sin, all sin:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

So God warns that if we keep sinning, we will forfeit the opportunity to be with Him in Heaven. In fact, many will find themselves in a place of torment (separate from God) because they chose to ignore a Holy and Righteous God who only wanted to love them and fulfill their inner most desires.

It is an act of love, not a hate crime, to point out to someone that their sin is going to get them into trouble, not just on earth, but they will be eternally separated from God in a place of everlasting torment, called hell.

Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

Proverbs 27:6 "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

However those who love God, who have a righteous anger for sin (because of what it does to a person), follow His dictates to love each other and to turn each other from sin.

Galatians 6:1 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are Spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

Proverbs 9:8 "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee."



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