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Forgive Us, to the Same Degree That We Forgive…..

When thinking about being forgiven, then being allowed into “Heaven”, my thought process went like this….”I’m not THAT “bad”, I’ve seen worse…I forgive people.” Then I attempt to put names with the “forgiven”…the ones whose “trespasses” are all but forgotten. The people who are forgiven, AND trusted, just like “before”. It was a short list. I know better, and yet…
Raise your hand if you’ve heard something like, “…and forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us”, or something similar. What DOES that mean, exactly?
At first look, it seems to mean…I forgive (some)(enough to prove I can do it…I don’t need to be highly successful at it. I’ll still be 100% “forgivable”, cuz’ I’m OK.). Well, I had better do better! Why?
Few could guess that, “as we forgive…” isn’t SAYING “WHILE” we forgive, or “BECAUSE” we forgive. It DOES mean, “to the same DEGREE” that we forgive….. It’s JUSTICE, SIMPLE and PERFECT. So says THIS death survivor. (There was nothing “NEAR” about it!)

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Do I HAVE TO Do Good, Too?

Please remember, this series contains reports of the experiences of a person who has had a so-called “near death experience”.   Many, many of the things “seen/discovered” during that time go against even his own beliefs!  These are simply the reports (“to the whole world”) that were  promised (to Someone you don’t lie to)!!  Bear with me….

Many folks believe that “by Grace Ye are Saved, not by Works” means that Grace is all that’s required in order to receive  “the good” afterlife.  A person could have done any ole thing they want to, for a lifetime, as long as they BELIEVE.  Then again, out of the other side of their mouths they speak of a “Judgment Day”…..?  You know, JUDGMENT DAY!  It’s where your GOODNESS is counted up….to see if you qualify for the Good Treatment.  Then there’s this, “Faith without works is dead”.  Which one is true?

What does the “near” death experience tell us?

That “life review” experienced during the…death and return….was DEADLY SERIOUS.  Every lie was the biggest lie ever told!  Every deceit WAS a lie.  Every…taking advantage…was taking advantage against YOURSELF.  Naturally it is!  We are all “one”.  Don’t ask for an explanation…..there are no words….BIG enough!  But it’s true, from my understanding.  As for “by Grace”…..this is hard to put into words…words alone leave so many misunderstandings in their wake.

When suddenly in “the waiting place”, it was obvious that this condition COULD go on for EVER….since you’re apart from time.  Just as the fear was about to take over, the realization came that all one needs do is call The Saviors name, and believe the offer of salvation, as fact.

Putting these two experiences together…..as “evidence”…..

Knowing that every lie is the biggest lie ever told, and every hurting thing comes back to hurt YOU (magnified) are enough reasons to begin giving up those things completely.  Then comes peace…NOT necessarily an easy life, but peace, nevertheless.

If a person believes, they want to understand.  When that person UNDERSTANDS, they will WANT TO do good (to/for/with others).  If NOT……… Well, if they don’t measure up, they won’t get in.  Remember, it isn’t…bliss/”heaven” …if the riff-raff gets in.

(You don’t do good for “brownie points”.  Those acts likely don’t even count!  Maybe…..in secret is best…..)