Friday, February 12, 2016

No Sin and No Suffering!

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Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.  For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.  Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope,  the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.  For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Romans 8:18-23 (New Living Translation)

In the affluent western world men and women are encouraged to do everything possible to make their bodies trim and healthy. And of course we all could pay more attention to keeping our bodies healthy, but ultimately the most fit will die just as all men do.

But those who follow Jesus have a promise that is beyond amazing! The new body that He plans for each of His disciples to have will not only be perfect in every way, but it will not be tempted by sin and will not suffer!

Imagine no pain and no desire to do the wrong thing! Evil options will not run through your mind as you go through the day. There will be no need to utter the "Get thee behind me Satan" command! And when you hear someone speak you will know that the words you hear are truth! There will be no lying or deception.

Not only will we not suffer, but there will be no one else to console in their suffering and pain. No hospitals, no funeral homes, no tragedies and certainly no crime! Everything bad on this earth will be gone when we arrive in Heaven! You can do yourself a huge favor by thinking about that today and drawing ever closer to Jesus Christ.

"Lord Jesus, I simply can't imagine how wonderful it will be in Heaven with You forever! But I ask You to help me think about what it will be like. May You, Jesus be praised now and forever. Amen."

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