Friday, March 4, 2011

Not being pushy, but you've got to decide

I have a friend who has cancer. His doctor's have reported there's nothing medically that can be done other than manage his pain with medication.  He continues to work as he normally has. I'm mainly concerned about the health of his soul over the health of his body.   I've tried my best over some weeks telling him it's not too late to make sure he knows for sure and is settled confidently on grounds spiritually speaking, of course, with God. I've made it very clear it's up to him to do that, but I am always available if he's not sure about his salvation and his eternal future. Clearly,  I would gladly do a Bible search to find specific scripture references so he would know God's Word on being back-slidden, being saved, or where your soul goes after the first death(death of the flesh), but more importantly, after the second death (spiritual separation from God). I can also ask my Pastor if there's something I can't locate in the Bible. Sadly, my friend has not asked me any questions, and every time I see him, I want to know if he's taken care of the most important decision of his life. He keeps telling me he doesn't want to talk about that right now. That's his decision and I am not going to corner anyone into making such a very important, personal, eternal decision. Against my normal character, I keep my mouth shut and pray one day he will bring the matter up to me.  Perhaps he just doesn't want me to know his decision. That's alright. I don't have to know. I've done what I could do in talking, writing, praying, and pointing to my friend to the one true source of hope and love and life.  God is always near, always eager to forgive, and always ready to welcome souls into the family of God.  He and anyone only needs to ask God, accept His Son as their Lord and Savior. I'm not being pushy to anyone to make their decision. When you get down to it, it really is a very critical decision because your decision will affect you for a very long time, like for the rest of eternity. And it's difficult for us mortals now to comprehend eternity. The best way I can explain it is, this decision for Jesus or not for Jesus will play on you forever and ever without end. So your decision best be the right one. That's not being pushy, just matter of fact.  Enough said, for now.

On Calvary, Jesus paid for mankind's sins. Ask Him into your heart.
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Jesus paid the ransom for all. God's Son is the Lord.
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Faithfully on that road to higher ground and wanting others on that same road forward road.

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