Posted 15 Dec 2014
Just read this in the New Testament:
1 Peter 4:7-9 (NLT)
7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.
8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
We don’t know exactly when the world will end; some Christians believe it may be VERY soon now. The Bible refers many times to us being “In the last days”, but states that only God the Father knows the exact time *1. Whether Jesus returns to usher in the end of time & history today, or in 10,000 years time, what matters is living your life today (every today!) in a way that brings glory to God & is loving towards Him & those around you. Assuming Jesus returns soon, and in any case as a good life purpose, it would be wise & prudent to live your life in such a way that you are not ashamed by the things you have said & done. That includes living today (& every day we have left on earth) in a way that honours God, honours your spouse, honours your friends, honours your own body & mind.
If we HAVE said or done anything that is less than honouring to God, our fellow man or ourselves, then confess it to the Lord: he is faithful & just & will forgive us our sins *2. Everyone sins – we all say & do things that are not right. But we do not need to care around that guilt & shame: confess it to Jesus, He wants to remove every sin-stain on our record.
Verse 7: Because the end is drawing ever nearer, Christian, be all the more earnest & disciplined, when it comes to prayer. Set aside ample time for it, not out of duty, but out of love for our Father in heaven.
Verse 8: MOST important of all, continue to show deep love for each other. Love from the heart. Love well. Care; be compassionate; dear to believe the good in those around you; pray for everyone that they may be snatched from the fire of Hell & saved by the mighty power of our Father in heaven, through Jesus the Christ, who was raised back to life by the glorious Holy Spirit.
Matthew 24:36-42 (ANIV)
36 “No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
1 John 1:9 (ANIV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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