May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. - Romans 15:13

Still Afraid of Death? - Dont Be!

Jesus.jpgThe descriptive words about heaven remain familiar to those of us who have sat in church or attended a funeral. We know about its beauty and perfection. We even know that heaven is waiting for us because of what Jesus did. The problem is that we can’t seem to shake our fears, doubts and apprehensions.

Face your fears.

Some people, tormented by their sins, feel unworthy. Life in a sinful world has indoctrinated us to believe that in the end we still must earn it ourselves. We look back on our life, knowing it was just not perfect enough. Our professions of faith were never bold enough. We can’t shake those memories of the times we shamed God with our own sinfulness.

Take the truth, and expel the lies. Yes, you and I are unworthy of heaven. Left to ourselves our sinfulness makes it impossible to stand in God’s presence. God’s words to Moses are clear, “No one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). The Apostle Paul stated it just as clearly, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

As Paul considered his own life of sin he said, “So I find this law at work: “When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!’” (Romans 7:21-25)

“Thanks be to God.” We are not saved because of our natural goodness. Rather, despite our sins – even those really terrible ones that haunt us – God saved us through Jesus Christ. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

There will always be something about this world that may cause us to question and doubt. That is too bad, really. Think about the needless worry, the wasted tears and the disabling sorrow we experience when we forget that we are merely strangers here and that heaven is our home. Stop doubting and believe.

Clearly Caring Magazine-Parish Edition (Heaven Bound), 2010

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