For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? And also, “If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?” 1 Peter 4:17-18 NLT
God's people will stand before Him and give account for the lives they've lived (see Romans 14:10 and 2 Corinthians 5:10). God expects His children to behave in a manner that glorifies His name and advances His kingdom. When His children get out of line He disciplines them with appropriate punishment (see Hebrews 12:5-11). He loves them and wants to correct their conduct in order to preserve them. He isn't trying to beat them, He is teaching them. His interest is in the development of His people. He desires to have a people that live in accordance with His design. Our sin disrupts our lives and, ultimately, destroys our lives. God is perfect in all His ways. He, alone, is the source of righteousness and eternal life. Because of His holiness, His character cannot allow sin to go unpunished. The only hope of the appeasement of His wrath is through Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are released from His wrath (see John 3:36 and I Thessalonians 5:9). In proclaiming this message to a fallen, depraved humanity, we, as believers, are often misunderstood and mistreated in the world. Our suffering is here. The suffering of the lost man is impending. His judgment will come at the Great White Throne Judgment that is recorded in Revelation 20:11-15. The world (in its current state) we live in, isn't our eternal home. We are surrounded by sin, sorrow, sickness, and suffering. The only answer is the Savior!!! Jesus Christ is that Savior!!!!!!! One day, soon, judgment will fall upon mankind for his rejection of the redemption offered in Christ Jesus. We, as the church, must keep the urgency of this in mind. May we be motivated to godly living, steadfast faith, and unfailing proclamation of the gospel. Judgment is coming!!
Rev. Curtis Norris