The right to choose

By KIMBERLY SNIDER
THINK A MINUTE

THINK a minute.

A proud man who thought he knew it all, liked to say: “You can disagree with me. After all, you have the right to be wrong!” Freedom is probably the most valuable thing we can have.

Many of us are free to choose our own leaders and government. We’re free to choose to study hard and get a good education. We don’t like to be forced to do anything, do we? We don’t want someone to marry us just because their parents forced them. We want our husband or wife to choose to marry us because they love us and want to live their life with us.

God could easily have made us like robots or machines, so we’d have no choice but just do exactly what He wants. It’s because God loves us that He wants us to freely choose to love Him in return, and to enjoy living His right way.

But we all rejected God’s love and His right, happy way of living. We chose to live our own way. We’ve chosen to do many things wrong: wrong thoughts and words, wrong attitudes, and wrong living. Just look at all the problems around us because of people’s greed and selfishness, vicious gossip, angry, hurtful words, violence, immorality and lack of self-control, as well as dishonesty and corruption.

When you and I choose to live our own way, Jesus said that we’re also choosing where we’ll live after we die: separated from God in Hell. In Hell, evil, pain and suffering will never end.

You see, just like light and darkness cannot be in the same place together, God, who is perfectly good and right, simply cannot live together with any kind of wrong. Otherwise He wouldn’t really be God! Would you believe in a God Who says stealing, rape and murder is OK? Of course, not!

It’s not God who sends us to hell, it’s you and I who send ourselves to Hell by rejecting God’s gift of forgiveness and new life. We condemn ourselves by refusing His right way of living, which He made for our own happiness and good. In fact, God loves you and me so much that He gave His own innocent life on a criminal’s cross, just so He could save us from living in Hell forever—away from Him.

So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you right now and choose to start living for Him everyday, for the rest your life? You can do it, with His help and power. Remember, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Just think a minute.

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