The Greatest Heartbreak & Regret

October 22, 2013

Friends,
While out witnessing today, I was again saddened to hear the heartbreak and desperation in people’s voices and see it in their faces. If only people would extend kindness, love, concern, assistance, and friendship, rather than the neglect, apathy, disdain, oppression, and cruelty so often inflicted. A maid stealing $51 from an elderly and impoverished woman confined to a wheelchair, children refusing to help or even visit their half-paralyzed father who lives alone in a filthy house, a spouse thinking it understandable that “life” needs to be “experienced” even while it fractures a family… –these are certainly hard to hear, as I did today, especially when I know millions of similar evils occur daily throughout the world.

Even so, there is something else that grieves me worse. It’s when I hear people say that they love Jesus or say they are in ministry to further the Gospel, yet they admit they are not reading God’s Word, or when I can see that they are living in blatant sin. Both are grievous because both situations leave the individuals deceived about their eternal destiny.

It doesn’t matter how much a person knows the Bible, can quote it, can preach it, or can inspire others to serve God. If that person himself remains a slave to alcohol, drugs, sex outside of marriage, foul talk, hours of T.V., negative thoughts, gossip, fear, rage, lying, stealing, or any other self-centered behaviors, that person’s destiny is the lake of fire. (Rev. 21:8) God does not have rulership over such a person’s will; therefore that person does not belong to Him. (Rom. 8:9)

If a person claims to love Jesus, but is not reading His Word, that person, too, is in defiance against God. The Word teaches us to meditate on the Word day and night and to soak ourselves in it so that we might be pure. (Josh. 1:8 // Ps. 1:2 & 119:11 // John 15:3,4 // Eph. 5:26 // Col. 3:16 // Ja. 1:18,21 // 1 Peter 1:22-25 // 2 Peter 1:4) Neglecting to meditate on the Word of God is to neglect Christ. It is to neglect fellowship with Him, neglect His tutelage, and neglect to draw that spiritual nourishment necessary for spiritual life and production. As Jesus teaches us, neglecting to feed on Him, is a refusal to ingest and walk in real life, eternal life. (John 6:53-57)

As horrible as are the multitudes of problems in this world, the one which anguishes me most is that giant problem which will last for eternity for those who thought themselves right with God, but were not. That is the heartbreak and regret of all heartbreaks and regrets. For there in eternity, for them, the opportunity to receive and abide in the Cure, the Salve, the Healing, is gone forever.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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