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    by Dale Krebbs

Gentle Persuasion
Date Posted: March 31, 2024

Do you feel somehow that God is attempting to get and demand something from you that is your's, that doesn't belong to anyone but you?

The truth is, that God intends and desires so very much to give you something; something so valuable that it cannot be obtained from any other source but God. The truth is, God desires more than anything to give you something - something so incredibly desirable, that you and I could never possess or create or obtain on our own.

God has everything already. So He is in a position to give anything. He does not need me or you. But He desires more than anything for you to share with him everything He already has! So how could He who has everything, desire something more from us?

This that He wants to give you is also that one thing you and everyone deep down desires for themselves. But only God has it to give.

Would you like to live forever? Not in a world as it is now, but one a thousand times better!

Even though life now is sometimes hard to bear with it troubles and heartaches, most would desire to live. This desire of God for you and me to life forever is so intense, and so grand, and so valuable, and so desirable, that He wants to lavish it on you. After all, God's other name is "Love". (1 John 4:8) Love is who He is! In addition to a God of Love, He is a God who gives.

However, just as with most things in the physical realm, there is a time element for receiving this quality of life. Our lives now are limited in length, as with all things in this time called life. We all know our lives only last so long, even though the exact length of time varies from person to person. All life is a gift from God that lasts only for a while.

We do not like to think about it, but as someone has said, we are living our lives "on borrowed time". It is God's time because only He has time to give. He is the Author of time, because He is timeless.

Some day, it must be given back to God Who gave it. As you age (if you are reading this, you are aging...), and as you look into the mirror each day, it becomes more a challenge to your image and more difficult to want to identify with the image you see. The younger see someone who can be made to look better - with some effort - and some time.

Those who are older, having been forced to face that reality in the reflections in the mirror, must face a fact: a fact true for the younger as well as those older. We are all living on "borrowed time".

God has only loaned your time to you, for a little while. Its a little while, no matter what your age. Having only loaned this precious thing called time to you, someday you must give it back to Him. It is only loaned to you for a while. As someone once discerned, "everything I am, I owe".

If we make the proper use of our borrowed time, He will some day give back ot us better times, with much better looks. You can then look at that person in His mirror, and see true perfection which will not be required to give up. Also, if we looked in His mirror a thousand years later, we would look the same - not one second older. in looks or years.

Yes, for now, no matter how old you are, or live to be, it is borrowed time. It must be given back. If you belong to Christ, He will exchange it for an eternal crown of eternal life and eternal glory. We can "exchange it some day for a crown" (Hymn lyric) 2 Timothy 4:8. God has "loaned" you only so much of this thing called "time" of life. I say loaned because it is not yours really - you did not create it or find it. It has been given to you by a loving God Who desires to have sons and daughters in His family.

You are given only so much time to decide. It is God who sustains you entirely. God will not interfere in your decision; "the Lord will not subvert a man in his way". But unless you allow Him direct and rule your life, your labor will prove to be in vain - sooner or later.

So, God is "out to get" you - in only one way: He wants to give you eternal life.

Upon your repentance from living your life your way, and believing in His son Jesus Christ - who purchased eternal life for you - you can receive eternal life when He returns. Yes, God is "out to get you" - in order to give you the gift of His eternal love and eternal life. Surrender your life and way to Him, and let Him have His way with you. He will lead you to everlasting life in peace and joy.

Can you accept the payment already paid for your life? If you will, when this life is over, He will give you a life that will never again experience pain, sorrow, dispair, or death. An eternal life of joy and happiness that is now indescribable. All this - and more - He wants to give to you.,,

"God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish - sorrow and mourning - nor grief nor pain anymore; for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away." - Revelation 21:4

"As to what remains henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return). - 2 Timothy 4:8 (AMP)

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Biography Information:
Dale Krebbs served as an Elder, preaching, counseling, and conducting Bible studies for over 25 years in Texas, California, and Arizona. He is now retired, lives in Arizona, and continues the study and research of Gods Word.
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