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“These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed – for our testimony to you was believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:9-10).

We are given the opportunity by the grace of God to be forever united with the Lord.  The default, the direction we are born heading, is away from the Lord.  It is not that the Lord sends anyone to hell, but that He has come so that as many as come to believe would be rescued from going into eternal separation from the Lord.  There will come that day when the final separation occurs.

Lord, help me to not listen to the voices of hatred which abound in this age.  Guide me to hear Your voice of love reaching out to lift me out of this hell-bound age of rebellion.  Lead me in the way of eternal life so that I would learn to be shed of those things which speak of rebellion and replace them with the things of love.  Guide me, Lord, in the way You know I need to go from rebellion into love.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, love incarnate, who has come so that all those who come into Your love would be lifted out of this world of rebellion and into the new life of love.  Guide me, Lord, in order that I may now and always humbly abide in You, knowing that You alone have the word of eternal life.  You are that Word and being invited into the life You give leads into salvation.  Lead me in the way of truth.  Amen.