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