Thoughts and Intents

There are no thoughts, words, or intentions of ours, from our first breath until our last breath, that will not be exposed. Two verses bear this out: “For the word of God (is) quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12; see also Verse 13). “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). How does this affect us? If we are saved, it affects us one way; if we are not saved, it affects us another way. For the one who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord, he or she has been completely forgiven. However, they will still give an account. This will be part of the evaluation to determine rewards or lack of rewards. The accounting will probably not be comfortable but, thank God, it is covered by the Blood! For the unsaved person, they must pay the debt of all their sin themselves. Since God cannot allow any sin into Heaven, their debt is never paid and they are separated from God, forever! The unending punishment is in Hell! There will never be an escape! Wages or gift? “The wages of sin is (eternal) death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). We can choose wages or the gift, but not both! William D. Longstaff’s hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy,” shows how a believer can give a better account: “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone. by looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, each thought and each motive beneath His control. Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love, thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.” Selah! If you know Jesus, don’t presume on grace. Instead, seek His “Well done!”   Ron

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