Archive for February, 2015

Do you hate your friends?

Posted: February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Seems like a stupid question, I agree, but stick with me for a few minutes and I’m certain things will make sense. This is not a blog about loving your enemies. I am writing this to find out why a majority of people hate their friends and even their family members.

Suppose all your friends and family were gathered together at a beautiful hotel on the beach to attend the wedding of close friends. After a long exciting day of celebration, everyone is exhausted and they turn in for the night.

You wake in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke. You quickly jump from your bed and open the door into the hallway. You are immediately alarmed at the site of smoke hovering along the ceiling. You look both ways down the hallway. Silence. No one knows there is a fire.

You think for just a moment. You don’t want to wake anyone because you rationalize they are tired and may get upset at you. They have a big day planned tomorrow. You quietly slip back into your room and quickly pack your bags. You soak a towel in water and drape it over your head and mouth.

You open the door again and are shocked at how quickly the smoke has spread. Visibility is difficult. You feel your way along the wall to the stairs. You race down the stairs two at a time. You burst out of the hotel gasping for air.

No fire trucks. No police. No one knows the building is burning and people are going to die. Your friends and family are going to burn to death. You think about the agony they will experience. You shutter at the thought.

You look one last time at the building as flames dance from shattered windows. You walk away into the night leaving the screams behind you.

No one would do this you say? Listen closely my friend. Do you truly believe in a place called heaven and a terribly real place called hell? Do you believe those without Christ will spend eternity in hell? If the answer is yes to these questions and you don’t do everything you can to warn your friends and family of their need for a Savior, you are walking away with their screams behind you.

We would not care if someone got mad if we woke them up to rescue them from a fiery hotel, but we don’t want to offend anyone with the message of Salvation. We are afraid they might not talk to us or call us Jesus freaks. So we pack our bags for heaven and let our friends and family sleep through the danger. We quietly walk away with their screams echoing throughout eternity.

Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'”

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