IS IT TO LATE TO SAY THAT I LOVE YOU
By: Gary L. Rodgers
I have often wondered how many of us had wished that we had the opportunity to tell someone once again that we loved them. Several years ago my dear mother passed away and so often when I look at a picture of her I so wish that I could tell her just one more time that I loved her. My mother was a very tender-hearted woman, and this character trait in her was an open invitation for some to take advantage of her good-nature. Mother would always help in any way that she could. I came from a poor family and it was not an easy life, all of us pretty much had the bulk of our clothes given to us. I only remember my mother ever having bought but one new dress and that was after she baked and sold bread and other baked goods that she was able to do that. The Sears catalog was a big deal in our house. We would so often page through it and wish that we had the means to buy some of the many beautiful things that we saw. We were so poor that the dog purposely stayed skinny so that he would not be looked upon as a possible meal. Ha!
Meat was not something that my dad would buy from the grocery store to often. He did all of the shopping for us; and if you wanted a pair of shoes you got whatever the small general store in town had to offer or you got nothing. For years I got the same style work shoes that I wore every day for every occasion. Every summer we planted a huge garden and that is what kept us going throughout the year. We packed three freezers full of every vegetable that you could imagine plus we canned a great deal as well. We would go out and pick black berries by the buckets full. We had a large construction wheelbarrow that we would fill to overflowing with peas or beans and it seemed like it took all day either shelling peas or snapping string beans. Summer for us was not exactly free time to do whatever we wanted. Meat was a rare treat for us. Once a month and sometimes every two months my dad would buy a roast that we would have. Going out to a restaurant was totally out of the question.
JUST A NAÏVE COUNTRY BOY
I’ll never forget when I went into the Army at seventeen I went to Fort Jackson, SC for basic training. One weekend I had the opportunity to go into town. I remembered that I had a pocket full of money probably about eighty dollars or more and I walked around town about half-starved not knowing if I had enough money to buy something to eat. I never was in a restaurant before and didn’t have the slightest idea how to place an order or what it cost. I was to shy and embarrassed to go in on my own. Sometime later one of the guys took me into a restaurant and showed me how to order and what it cost. I was just a pure country hick with very little knowledge about how the world operated and what things cost. Sometimes I wish that I remained that naive. But of course the world has its way of educating us in things that would have been better for us to have let alone.
THE PULL OF THE FLESH
The pull of the flesh is a powerful force and Satan knows how to dangle those trinkets and desires in front of our eyes at just the right time. In the Garden of Eden he knew exactly when to approach Eve with temptation. She had no idea what the serpent was talking about, she never experienced anything that he mentioned. With her child-like innocence she answered the serpent and said that if she touched the fruit or did eat it that she would surely die. What did this strange word die actually mean? She knew who God was and the temptation to be like Him was what it took to cause her to disobey. Satan took the sin that he committed and tempted Eve with it to bring death to the human race. That sin of pride to be like the most high God. (Isaiah 14:14)
The pull of the flesh is ever-present in our lives and it will always be a battle that we all go through. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are the things that we all seem to be drug down by over and over again. 1 John 2:15-17
WE HAVE GIVEN UP SO MUCH
Have you ever wondered what all we forfeited when we fell to temptation in the Garden of Eden? The Garden of Eden was beautiful beyond our wildest imaginations. Everything was perfect in every detail. The temperatures were perfect in heat and humidity, and the animals would all come to get their daily petting and back scratching. There was a joy and harmony between man and nature that has not been equaled since. The grasses swayed in the warm air and the birds sang their songs of joy and happiness in harmony with their surroundings. And the greatest of all that we had in The Garden was that personal relationship with the Lord where we spoke to Him face to face. What sweet fellowship that we shared with Him. Yet we have given it all up because of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. The shame of it all is that we still forfeit that sweet fellowship that we can have with the Lord for the same reasons. And today we think that this world is at its worse than ever before, yet the bible tells us that when Jesus comes this old world will be just like it was in the days of Noah and Lot.
Luke 17:26And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.7They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.28Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
THE TRUMPET SOUND
Someday soon there will be the sound of the Trumpet of the Lord announcing that the Bridegroom has come for his Bride and we shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye. 1 Corinthians 15:52 What a blessed time for those that have placed their faith in the Lord and have trusted and accepted Him to save them from an eternity in an awful place called Hell. But what about those that have not received the free gift of eternal life through their acceptance of the only begotten Son of God. What happens to them? As it was in the days of Noah and Lot – There were only eight souls that entered into the Ark when God’s judgment fell upon all mankind and there were only four that fled from the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. What fear those lost souls must have faced when for the first time rain began to fall from the Heavens and fire began to fall from the skies above. The painful cries of anguish and pain must have been some of the most bone chilling and heart wrenching sounds that Noah, or Lot, and their families have ever heard.
What horrible sounds will come from the throats of those that we have loved over the years. A lost son or daughter, a mom or dad, perhaps a brother or sister or maybe a sweetheart or a grandchild. Will their cries be like those that banged on the door of the Ark wanting to be rescued? What hopeless eerie sounds will fill the hallways of eternity. Will any of us hear those cries; a sobering thought isn’t it?
IS IT TOO LATE TO SAY THAT I LOVE YOU
I thought of you today as I studied in God’s Word.
And I prayed for you again as usual just before I went to bed.
In the early morning hours with restless dreams I thought of you again,
From you there came a sound of fear and anguish the likes of none I’ve ever heard.
I prayed for you in that moment that your soul would be redeemed.
But all I could hear was your voice as you began to scream.
Tears ran from my eyes in great floods, then I awakened with a quick.
Drenched from the horror of my night as I thought about you,
I have but one question to ask.
Is it too late to say that I love you?
By: Gary L. Rodgers
My dear friend, If I could, I wish that I were able to make you see that there is a day coming where we will all give an account for our lives. Today we all have a choice to either accept the free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) that Jesus offers each of us or to reject it. If you decide to put it off until tomorrow then you have already made a decision. The big question is do you have another tomorrow? We all like to think that we have plenty of tomorrows but what guarantee do we have of that. I have family and friends that are now gone who thought that they had lots of tomorrows. Some were infants and teens, some were in their twenties and some older. Ignoring all of this doesn’t erase the fact that God loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die and pay your penalty for you. Sin carries with it a heavy price, eternal death in the Lake of Fire. But if you were to trust the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and wash away all of your sin with His shed blood then you will spend an eternity in Heaven with Him.
If you are ready to trust in the Lord, then I ask that you follow along in prayer and repeat after me. Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!
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