Robert Berendt Comments
Hello John - there is no problem in your words, however knowing that God wants everyone to be saved and He so love the whole world that He sent His Son -- shows that God offers eternal life -- but, as you correctly say, accepting or taking that offer does require all that you mentioned. In a short blurb like this, some things must be left to the understanding of the reader - such as "the cost" mentioned in the article. We are on the same page.
Thank you Jerry --- It is hard to talk with people today, but we need to keep trying and becoming better at finding the right moment and way with which to talk. That might be never in this lifetime, but it is a sign of our good character if we try. God never quits and although we are not on His level, we can start to think a little more as He does.
Amen to your conclusion Darla -- but we are not there yet and it is true that we all have our limits in what we can endure. God knows each detail of our lives and He has stated that He will make a way of escape (I Cor.10:13) that we may bear it. We all pray "Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done" as we bravely face our pain and trials as Jesus did for us.
thank you Richard -- with all the eyes helping with edits, slips like this Bible verse should be impossible --- but I am convinced there are some unknown little elves or something that throws a curve ball now and then. You are right ---- I am sure I wrote Eccl.3:7 ----- it make me feel uncomfortable that a glaring mistake like this happens --- Glad you got the point and the verse correctly.
The advice from God in the Holy Scriptures is priceless -- it is far better to grow old with a firm and strong belief in His promise of eternal life, than grow old with little or no hope. The point is that we will all grow old - like it or not. It is good to see that the blog stimulates thought. Robert Berendt
Thank you for the comments Jeanne and Nelda. God inspired writers to point things out in a language and manner that we humans can understand. He does not need pen and paper for His book - but it is important that we realize God records everything about us all. Robert Berendt
Thank you for the true response Michelle. There is far too much hurt and pain young children and people suffer that they carry all their lives. However, it will take the will to fight that hurt which may help the person change. It may take time and consistent effort. Jesus said to place all our cares on Him (I Pet. 5:7) for he cares for you and Paul encouraged people to search for good and healthy things to think about to counter inner negatives (Phil. 4:4-9). Word are easy to say, but not easy to do when a person is deeply hurt. However, slow and steady progress is possible - I know people who have learned to put the load aside. They are fighters and warriors in a godly sense of the word. You raise a very good question Michelle - but the future can only be bright if the self-hatred and worthlessness is countered with the belief that God loves you so much He sent His only Son to offer you an eternal life of joy and happiness in His family.