Thought of the Day August 24, 2017 Life over death

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"One thing we know for sure about our God: Our God is a God of the living, not of the dead. God is life. God is love. God is beauty. God is goodness. God is truth. God doesn't want us to die. God wants us to live. Our God, who loves us from eternity to eternity, wants to give us life for eternity.
When that life was interrupted by our unwillingness to give our full yes to God's love, God sent Jesus to be with us and to say that great yes in our name and thus restore us to eternal life. So let's not be afraid of death." (Henri Nouwen) Why are many people afraid of death? Is it because they are aware of their sinful life and thus fear the judgment of God? Have they forgotten that Jesus died for their sins? All they need to do is sincerely repent of their sins, confessed them, and be restored back to oneness with God. From then on they need to choose to follow the path set for them by Jesus as they grow in the life of God. If they fall, the same grace is offered to them. Do not fear death but long for eternal life.

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