FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
“We will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love.”
1 John 4:17-18 (NLT)
SIGNS OF LIFE IN CHRIST: I AM FACING ETERNITY WITHOUT FEAR
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long. (Our Daily Bread)
Because of God’s perfect love and Jesus’ presence in our life we have no need to fear. The Bible very clearly teaches there will be a day of judgement. And the Bible very clearly teaches that some people will go to heaven and some people will go to hell. The Bible also very clearly teaches that those of us who have accepted God’s love through His Son have no need to fear hell or judgment. The more we understand God’s love the more assurance we have of our salvation and our eventual home in heaven.
Reflect on a time when you feared punishment as a child. Now imagine your parent taking the punishment for you. That’s what Jesus did for our sins. He took the punishment for us. A natural response to that should be gratitude. Take some time and thank Jesus for taking your punishment. Praise God that you don’t have to fear the judgment day.