Live Loved

The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

[1 John 2:17]

Heaven Is a Perfect Place

In heaven you will be you at your best forever. Even now you have your good moments. Occasional glimpses of your heavenly self. When you change your baby’s diaper, forgive your boss’s temper, tolerate your spouse’s moodiness, you display traces of saintliness. It’s the other moments that sour life. Tongue, sharp as a razor. Moods as unpredictable as Mount Saint Helens. This part wearies you.

But God impounds imperfections at his gate. His light silences the wolf man within. “Nothing that is impure will enter the city” (Revelation 21:27 tev). Pause and let this promise drench you. Can you envision your sinless existence?

You will be you at your best forever!

And you’ll enjoy everyone else at their prime! As it is, one of us is always a step behind. Bad moods infect the best of families. Complaints shadow the clearest days. Bad apples spoil bunches of us, but rotten fruit doesn’t qualify for the produce section of heaven. Christ will have completed his redemptive work. All gossip excised and jealousy extracted. He will suction the last drop of orneriness from the most remote corners of our souls. You’ll love the result. No one will doubt your word, question your motives, or speak evil behind your back. God’s sin purging discontinues all strife.

Heaven is a perfect place of perfected people with our perfect Lord. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33).

[3:16: The Numbers of Hope]

Loving Father,

hat a precious day it will be when we stand in your presence, perfect and whole. What relief it will be to finally be just like Jesus. Thank you for preparing a heavenly home for us, and thank you for preparing us for that heavenly home. Father, we want to please you and know that on the day we stand before your throne, you will have purged all the sin from our lives. What a glorious day that will be!

Amen.

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it.

[Ecclesiastes 3:14]

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

[Ephesians 1:3]

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

[Psalm 37:4]

~ Max Lucado ~

 

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