With certainty and finality, we will all face death. Not one of us will escape it.
We fear death because it is cloaked in mystery. No one knows exactly when it will happen, how it will happen, or what will happen to us after death. But if we belong to Jesus Christ , this one thing we do know with all assurance, God will be there with us in all of his great love. He will take our hand and walk with us through whatever we must face:. It may seem odd that life is the next item on Paul's list. But if you think about, anything else that we may fear except for death happens in life. Paul could have listed thousands of things we fear in life, and in every case, he could say, "This will not be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Nothing in the course of a lifetime can sever the children of God from their Father's love, secured to them in Jesus Christ. So it is with God's love for us.
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Processing Please Don't Refresh the Page. Browse Books. Learn More. Play Sample. Give as a Gift Send this book as a Gift! Book Rating. On this Sunday morning [of general conference], when the complications and temptations of life are somewhat removed, and when we have the time and more of an inclination to take an eternal perspective, we can more clearly evaluate what will bring us the greatest happiness in life.
We should decide now, in the light of the morning, how we will act when the darkness of night and when the storms of temptation arrive. I pray that we will have the strength to decide now to do what we ought to do. I pray that we will decide now to serve the Lord. As I watch the busy ants on the trail and around the ant pile, I am impressed by the fact that they are doers and not just believers. A stagnant pool, green with algae and the scum of inactivity, is the breeding place of the diseases of the swamp, but the clear mountain stream dashing over the rocks as it winds its way down the canyon is an invitation to drink.
The words of the Master regarding the house without a foundation say to me that a man cannot have a shallow and reckless notion that he is sufficient to himself and can build his own life on any basis that happens to be easy and agreeable [see Matthew —27 ]. As long as the weather is fair, his foolishness may not be evident; but one day there will come the floods, the muddy waters of some sudden passion, the rushing current of unforeseen temptation.
If his character has no sure foundation in more than just lip service, his whole moral structure may collapse.
Neither Death Nor Life - Romans 8:38-39
In other words, religion is more than a knowledge of God or a confession of faith, and it is more than theology. Religion is the doing of the word of God. We can be religious in worship on the Sabbath day, and we can be religious in our duties on the other six days of the week. Can we therefore eliminate religion from our weekday affairs and relegate it to the Sabbath day only? This should raise a question in our minds of eternal significance: We know that this is the true and living church institutionally, but am I a true and living member individually?
Am I totally committed to live the gospel and be a doer of the word and not a hearer only? Do I live my religion? Will I remain true? It means that we now and always will love God and our neighbors as ourselves. It means our actions will reflect who we are and what we believe. It means that we are every day Christians, walking as Christ would have us walk.
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Living members recognize their duty to press forward. They are baptized as a first step of their living journey. Living members give heed to the Spirit, which quickens the inner life. They constantly seek its direction. They pray for strength and overcome difficulties. Their hearts are not set upon the things of this world but upon the infinite. Spiritual renewal is not sacrificed for physical gratification.
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Living members put Christ first in their lives, knowing from what source their lives and progress come. There is a tendency for man to put himself in the center of the universe and expect others to conform to his wants and needs and desires. Yet nature does not honor that erroneous assumption. The central role in life belongs to God. Instead of asking him to do our bidding, we should seek to bring ourselves into harmony with his will, and thus continue our progress as a living member.