But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 WEB
The priest looked down upon the congregation that sat in front of him. He knew his job was to remind them of their sins and that they needed to repent. So, he sharpened his words and tried to use everything within his power to bring them to their knees. However, there was at least one young person in that crowd that would not let herself hear the incriminations or let the weight of the burden he was giving fall onto her. She just sat there thinking how silly he was for trying to heap the guilt on people without lifting a finger to encourage or support them. How do words of warning make us feel?
That someone warns us to consider our conduct and what we are doing with the thought of God is not a bad thing. But the way they do it will make a big difference. God loves us with a love we cannot fathom. He has put up with more than we know in the hopes of saving a few souls who will look to Him. The Bible tries to tell us that many will choose a different path through this life without thought of anything after. They will taste the second death. But, the Lord also will find some who choose to look to Him. They will want to know Him personally. They will be saved from our earthly ways and distractions. So, if we get the chance to warn anyone today, let us pray that we can bring their hearts close to Christ where His love, His sacrifice, and His Spirit can save us from ourselves!
Help us see past our religious and moral problems and find our way unto You. Draw us near where You can lead us, redeem us, and guide us safely back into Your arms forever, we pray!