Nothing Worse
originally written & posted
10 Nov 15
photo by: Shirley/Missouri/December 2010
Truly there is no worse consequence than this one:
Separation from God.

We were designed for relationship with Him. 
Our sin caused a chasm between us in that relationship.

Jesus knew. He asked if there be any other way, if He could be spared.  
There was no other way.
I had always thought that He must have been
afraid of the physical and emotional tortures.
It hit me like a truck recently that those were not the worst things He had to face.
Only on the cross, when God turned away from the sin that was placed upon Him in that sacrificial role, did Jesus cry out to His father about feeling forsaken.
The pain of that separation was unimaginable.

God gives us chance after chance to restore our broken relationship.
Even at His own incredibly painful expense.

How long will we stubbornly refuse the priceless gift offered to us?
How many chances are left before it's our last?  
How can we possibly bear this separation in the vast spectrum of eternity?
That, my friends, is Hell.
A punishment that can be avoided if only we would yield to our Heavenly Father.
There will be no party in the underworld.
There will be no vying for leadership alongside Satan.
It will be an eternity separated from the Love we all desperately yearn for
and spend our lives on this earth trying to fulfill.
Hell will be more more Love.
God is love…and He will not be in hell with you.
Think on that.

Do NOT wait.
Educate yourself so you can choose wisely.
Then CHOOSE as soon as possible!
Allow God to fill all your empty spaces.  
Allow Him to fill you with an extravagant love no one can take away.
Embrace the gift of Salvation that is freely offered
and pricelessly purchased for you.
The alternative is too heart-wrenching to imagine.

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
Matthew 26:36-42

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
Matthew 27:45-46

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12

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