(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Mga Taong Hindi Lubos na Nakakaalam ng Masamang Bagay” for March 31, 2016)
The Bible teaches us that there are people who are drawn into doing wicked things in the sight of the Lord. The Bible tells us, “Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways.” (Isaiah 59:7-8)
Long before, these people have forgotten about God, they go from one sin to another. They do not acknowledge God. They have been deceived by the devil to do things that are abominations to the Lord. They cannot sleep unless they do evil things. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. (Proverbs 4:16)
Indeed, there are some who loved the falsehood rather than the truth, who loved evil rather than good.
Unfortunately, these people are bound to be punished. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil (Romans 2:9). The Bible tells us, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done” (Romans 2:5-6)
Evildoers and unrepentant people will suffer eternal damnation and they will not escape the wrath of God.
If there are people who neglected God, there are those who keep His commands and will. They are those who at the very start, have embraced to love God with all their heart, mind and soul. They are known for their love of God’s commands more than anything in this life, more than the food they eat, more than the wealth they have acquired in life.
The Bible tells us that whoever keeps God’s commandments keeps their life (Proverbs 4:16). This means that the eternal reward of keeping God’s will and commands is salvation. Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6).
This topic gives us an idea about the balance of life on earth. In every good deed, there is an evil deed. It will only depend on what we choose in life. God has given us the freedom to choose the desires of our hearts. But be careful, many have chosen the evil side rather than what God wants us to choose. Free will is dangerous if we do not know how to choose. The secret here is to choose properly. If we do not know what to choose, read the words of God and we shall understand.
The words of God will help us understand more about the consequences of choosing evil things and choosing righteousness.
If we have chosen to walk and follow the will of God, our goal is to keep them until we reap the prize of salvation. Constant prayers are important to overcome temptations and struggles. In times of temptations, the best way to overcome it is to avoid it and run away from it. Apostle Paul tells us, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
If we keep God’s will and commands, it will teach us to control our weaknesses. It will also teach us to strengthen our faith. If we have strong faith, then there is nothing that we cannot do, there is nothing that we cannot overcome.