One thing I always tell people to do is to get right with God now while they still have time. Just think about it, since Jesus died over 2,000 years ago Christians have all been saying the same thing. "Jesus is coming" Only a fool would think they have time to get right with God. Yes, I've been the fool before because before I got saved I was living a sinful life and I knew that if I died I would've went to hell. It's crazy how me before and people now think of hell so casually. Like once you're in hell there's no get out of hell free card, there's no persuading God to let you out so why risk it? You do not have all this time you think you have. Remember that John 10:10 says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. So if the devil comes to steal your life before you make the decision to get saved you will die and go to hell.
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Just because God is patient and merciful with us doesn't meant to abuse His kindness. People think that because God is a loving God we won't go to hell but if you believe that I just assume you don't really know God at all. Don't forget that God doesn't send us to hell, a person sends themselves to hell by rejecting God.
No one knows the date or hour of Jesus's return when He will Rapture His people, so how could anyone know they have time to get right with God when only God knows when we die and when He will send Jesus. When I talk about God I like to compare our treatment to Him and reverse to how we'd feel if our husband/wife treated us like that. Imagine telling your husband/wife that you hated something and instead of changing and respecting you because they know you hate it they decide to abuse your patience with them. After years and years of them not listening wouldn't you be upset with them? Do you know what it means to be patient? Patient means able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. You can't tell me that God isn't patient with us when He said He will give man 120 years to mend their ways before the flood in Noah's day. (Genesis 6:3-Then Jehovah said, “My Spirit must not forever be disgraced in man, wholly evil as he is. I will give him 120 years to mend his ways.”) 120 years and they still couldn't get it right and realize that God's kindness is meant to lead us to repentance.
It's funny because people are quick to throw around the word "love" when talking about God which is cool because God is love but don't forget about God when He's angry. God does show His wrath and if you're not obeying Him everything isn't just peaches and cream. (Romans 2:3-Do you think that God will judge and condemn others for doing them and overlook you when you do them, too?) Take it from me when I say that God's wrath is pretty and it doesn't feel good at all. Joel 2:11 says the day of the Lord is an awesome, terrible thing. How can Judgment Day be awesome and terrible? Well it's awesome for those who are saved and did God's will and it's terrible for those who have rejected God. There are people in hell right now wishing they could try again, "I'll obey you" "I'm sorry" "Let me try again I will listen this time" Can you imagine the amount of people down there that regret rejecting God when they were on earth, but everyone alive now can get right with God now while they still have time to. I tell people that everyday you're alive is another day to get right with God and to do it now because we're not promised tomorrow. People don't realize that God's patience means salvation.
No matter how much of a mess your life is, how sinful you are, come to God now and let Him clean you up. We read about the Lord telling the Israelites in the Old Testament that He'll let their enemies kill them, them dying in wars etc, but the same thing is happening now when people disobey God. It may not be your neighboring city killing you but the devil does come to kill. The devil can't do anything without God's permission just like in Job, so if God sees you don't want to obey Him, He'll just let the devil have you.(Job 1:8-13) You see God just uses Satan to see who's really for Him or not and everyone that isn't for God is for Satan and are doomed to hell like Satan. Remember that nobody can serve 2 masters. The world has nothing to offer so don't let the devil determine your fate, he already knows that his is hell. The devils wants to bring as many people as he can to hell with him, he's on the clock 24/7, he doesn't stop. He knows his time is short so why don't you? People sometimes focus too much on the love of God that they forget about His righteous judgment.
God's love shows how patient He is with us. Just because God is loving doesn't mean that people won't go to hell. God's patience means salvation. His kindness is meant to bring us to repentance. Get right with God now while you still have time, God never promised us tomorrow.
Does it concern you that your name may not be in the Book Of Life?