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Beyond Today: Does Eternity Have Conditions?

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You know, all of us want to experience guaranteed, unconditional love. We want to be loved by someone who has our best interests at heart, who wants us in spite of our imperfections. Someone who loves us without us always having to earn his or her love. Christians claim that God's love is unconditional, yet the Bible requires a person to have faith and to repent in order to have a relationship with God. Now how can God love us unconditionally and then require conditions for a realtionship? God actually desires a personal relationship with every human being no matter how despicable that person may be - including you. But don't be fooled into thinking that God's unconditional love is an unconditional guarantee of an eternal realtionship. Relationships, the capability to relate to one another, have requirements for both parties involved. Now God is doing His part by extending His grace which offers a privileged to flawed human beings to enter into a relationship with Him, the eternal, perfect Creator. But what does God expect from us in this relationship? God wants us to respond to Him in the most personal way. God wants us to love Him and relate to Him as a child relates to a father. John 3:16 is the most quoted verse in the Bible. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. But many times the rest of the passage is ignored. The apostle John writes in the following verses, For everyone practicing evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth, comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. John gives a bold declaration of God's love in action towards an unworthy humanity by sending Jesus Christ as a substitute punishment for our evil deeds. The apostle also reminds us that there are those who are condemned by God because they refuse to step into the light and have their evil deeds and actions exposed. You know it's easy for human beings to lazily accept God's love and stay in the darkness. But He will give eternal salvation only to those who are willing to live in the light. When we accept God's offer of salvation, we must also accept the work of God in preparing us for eternity. A great opportunity is being offered to you by the Creator of the universe. This offer is based in His grace, His mercy, His unconditional love, but there are conditions to receive eternity. We must be willing to walk in the light. How can anyone neglect so great an opportunity? You know, you may have already accepted God's love in offering you salvation but have you loved Him in return, by desiring to please Him? You may have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, but are you willing to imitate Him as your master? You may have accepted certain Biblical teachings, but are you willing to search the Bible and follow the way of life it prescribes? Are you prepared to walk from the darkness into the light? For Beyond Today, I'm Gary Petty.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 35 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: United Church of God, an International Association
Views: 181
Posted by: beyondtodaytv on Apr 30, 2008

Do you want to be loved by someone who has your best interest at heart inspite of your inperfections?

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