Sunday, March 12, 2017

1 John 2:25 -- On Eternity and Promises

"And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life."
1 John 2:25

The idea of a promise from God is significant.  Sometimes we see promises as meaningless, because we're used to saying things and not following through on them, and our legal system typically doesn't recognize agreements unless they are written down and signed.  Let's remember though that God has perfect integrity, and doesn't lie.  Falsehood is basically opposite his very nature.  God's promises might as well be etched into stone with letters 100 feet high.  They won't change, and they will be fulfilled.  It is certain.

Let's not treat God's promises the way that we treat our own promises.  Let's trust in them, count on them, and prepare ourselves for the day when they are fulfilled.  And perhaps we should also move ourselves a little bit more towards God in this way.  Let's become more trustworthy, and be more careful about the things that we say and the promises that we make.  Let's improve our integrity and our goodness, so that we will only make good promises, and then follow through on them.

And today, let's think on the idea of eternal life.  God has promised it to us.  It isn't a dream or a fable... it *will* happen.  Who will we be when that comes, and who will we want to be?  Maybe we can bring those two things closer together, and prepare for eternity.

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