The Dilemma Of love – (part1)

by Pastor Vincent Imwensi

Love is a beautiful thing
Have you ever been in love? I mean romantic love with someone of the opposite sex? I am not talking of infatuation and lust but real sincere love. If you have, you will agree with me that it is a wonderful thing.

To truly love somebody who also loves you with the same or greater intensity is one of the most beautiful experiences known to man. It fills your life with sunshine, your heart with gladness and your mouth with laughter. In fact, it adds meaning to life and makes it worth living.

 I know what it means
By God’s grace, I became a born again Christian early in my life and so the Bible became “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. As a result, I did not dabble much into the quagmire of youthful lusts with all the pains, hurts, heartaches and regrets that often go with it. I saw what happened to some of my colleagues and friends who went out to experiment.

It was not that I did not find the opposite sex attractive or that I was never tempted – of course I was! But I understood from God’s word that I needed to wait until I was ready for true love before venturing into it.

So I waited patiently (while concentrating on my studies) until I was ready to get married and that was when I opened the door. Prayerfully, I went out searching and I found. Yes, I fell in love with someone really special and married my sweetheart.

It has been a number of years since then (well over ten years) and today, we are happier together than we’ve ever been – and I mean that.

To be honest with you, it has not always been a smooth ride. There have been times when it was all so sweet, but also there have been many troubled times when things were rough, when the violent and ugly winds of life’s realities threatened to blow us apart. So I am not a total novice in this department, I have learnt one or two things.

Like a jigsaw puzzle
There is perhaps no other subject on earth today, other than love, which has within it the capacity to generate a combination of opposing extremes.

It can provoke the greatest excitement as well as the deepest disappointment; it can produce sweetness as well as bitterness, goodness as well as wickedness, kindness as well as cruelty, gentleness as well as violence, happiness as well as heartaches …. etc.

Nothing can build as well as love does and yet nothing can destroy more than love when it turns sour. It can bring two total strangers into oneness and bond them together in beautiful harmony but also, it can tear apart bosom friends and make them unforgiving enemies.

It can beam the light of hope and lift up the downcast into a high euphoria of bliss but at the same time, if not handled properly, it can wipe the smile off the face of the happiest person and cast his soul down into the pool of deep despair.

Those who don’t have it wish for it but those who mishandle it wish they never had it. Love is something you can’t satisfactorily live without.

Life without love (not necessarily romantic love) is like an empty shell. But when violated, love can turn into something you want to run from. What a dilemma indeed!

What went wrong with love?
Something is not right somewhere about this love thing. How can the very thing that is supposed to yield so much fulfillment, joy and happiness become the root cause of so much bitterness, wickedness, disappointment and sadness?
Do you know how many people each year pull the trigger or stab with a cruel knife to kill the one they are supposed to love most dearly?

Many reasons may be advanced for this but I believe that the chief cause of love dilemma is because God is left out of it.

Love between man and woman (romantic love) was God’s idea, to begin with. It was God who said it was not good for man to be alone and He created the woman as a result (Gen.2:18-25).

When Adam set his eyes on Eve, it was love at first sight. He was so excited that he constructed a poem right on the spot –
“…This is now bone of my bones,
and flesh of my flesh:
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife:
and they shall be one flesh…”

And that melody of love and sweet harmony between Adam and his wife continued until man fell out with God through disobedience.
Sorry if you do not believe the Bible but I do.

It still works today
Letting God into your life and basing your marriage or relationship on His word is the best antidote against “love decay” and the best tonic that can protect your love and keep your love life from turning sour.

Hacking your spouse’s telephone conversations, probing every unfamiliar number that you find on their phone bills or even hiring private detectives to stalk them will not safeguard your love. Look around and you will see that this is true. In fact, more than likely, these actions will bring in the divorce lawyers quicker than anything else.

The reason I don’t cheat on my wife
By God’s grace, I do not cheat on my wife and I am not about to do so. In fact, the mere thought of it is offensive to me.

That is not to say that I am better or stronger than anyone else – not at all.
If you must know, the reason is NOT because I am a disciplined man (with plenty of self-control) or that I do not feel tempted by the opposite sex or that I hold a responsible position as a Pastor or that my wife is so flawless that she doesn’t do things that I hate sometimes or that I don’t want to hurt her feelings – none of those.

Of course, I would hate to purposely do anything that will hurt her feelings but there is a way a man’s weakness can get hold of him that he ends up doing weird things without caring about who gets hurt and who doesn’t. That is the naked truth.

The reason I don’t cheat on my wife is because of my relationship with God through faith in Christ Jesus. To me, this is a very real thing. This relationship has brought into my life the fear of God, the ability to overcome temptations and personal weaknesses as well as the consciousness of His indwelling presence.

Even behind closed doors in a remote hotel, God’s presence is there. How can you then do what He calls abomination right before His watching eyes? Such a wonderful consciousness makes it hard to do some ugly stuff. Every truly born again Christian committed to walking with God can testify to these blessed realities in their lives.

You don’t know what you are missing!
People don’t know what they miss when they live their lives based on their own humanistic ideologies without God. A living relationship with the almighty God is not only life-changing, it is exciting and with many advantages including where love is concerned.

I am not talking of dead religiosity here – I am talking of a living relationship with God (by faith in Christ Jesus) that satisfies the deep longings of the human soul.

Dear friend, you need Him more than you do realize and I invite you to open the door of your heart and enter into a wonderful relationship with God. He loves you!  Click here to find out how.

TAKING CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTmas.

by Pastor Vincent Imwensi

How would you like it to be your birthday and people gather to celebrate it but decide not to allow you into the party? You are locked out and in fact the mere mention of your name, offends some of the celebrants – how would you like that?

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But that is how a lot of people treat the One whose birth they celebrate during Christmas!

Do you realise that Christmas is actually somebody’s birthday? Yes, it is Jesus Christ’s birthday. Christmas is actually named after Him. Take “Christ” away from “CHRISTmas” and you will see that what is left (“mas”) doesn’t make sense.

Subtle Denials

Yet if you look around, you will see the many subtle ways in which so many people are seeking to take Christ out of Christmas.

For instance, in the United States of America, this season used to be the Christmas season but now that has been changed to the holiday season and the greeting is now “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”.
Why? Because “Christmas” reminds people of Christ and refers to Him (which may offend some people) but “holiday” takes people’s minds away from Him to something totally different. And yet, Christ is the reason for the season.

Maybe it is not politically correct to say “merry Christmas” in nation whose motto is “In God We Trust”. Oh well, who knows, maybe it is not the God of the bible they are referring to after all. To my own mind, this is a crying shame and it is unfortunate.

Even here in London (United Kingdom), you can see the same subtle denial going on in different ways. There used to be Christmas music and songs in the air everywhere you go during the Christmas season. But now it has turned to “silent Christmas”.

Go to the shops, you will see people, busy as bees, buying all sorts for Christmas but not a single word is being said about the One who is the reason for Christmas – Christmas songs are no more.

In fact, in many shops and super malls, you don’t even see Christmas greetings anywhere!
And yet someone said to me not long ago that the United Kingdom is a “Christian nation”. Hahaha …. really?

The Date Argument
Of course there are people who take great pains and go to great lengths to try to prove that Jesus Christ was not born on the 25th of December. They may or may not be right but that is not the point.

What we celebrate is the very fact that He was born into this world and somehow, the 25th of December has become the preferred day in which His birth is celebrated all over the world.

We are familiar with a situation where somebody’s birthday may be on a Monday but he may not celebrate it until the following Saturday. Is it therefore less of a birthday because he did not mark it on Monday? Of course not.

Therefore Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season.

Jesus Christ – The Gift Of God’s Love

Who is this Jesus Christ and why does the whole world stop to mark His birthday?

The Bible provides clear answers to this question:

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” – Luke 2:11

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12

Jesus Christ is God’s gift of love to a lost and suffering humanity. In Him is our salvation, peace, forgiveness, freedom from sin and it’s consequences, divine favour and the hope of everlasting life. Without Him, we are lost in sin and without hope for all eternity.

He is the greatest gift ever known to man. Haven’t you noticed that during Christmas people give gifts (or presents)? It is because Christmas is about the gift of God – the gift of His love to us in the person of Jesus Christ, the Saviour.

But for any gift offered to you to become yours, you have to receive or accept it. In the same way, to realise the benefit of the greatest gift of Christmas (Jesus Christ), you have to receive Him as your personal Saviour and Lord by a simple act of faith.

Let Him In And Celebrate This Christmas With The Celebrant

So as you prepare for this Christmas, here is a key question: are you going to be celebrating with the Celebrant or without the Celebrant?

He says in His word “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” – Rev.3:20

Here, He is talking about the door of your heart. Will you open to Him today? If you would like to do that, here is a simple prayer to help you:

All Mighty God, I thank you for the gift of your love – Jesus Christ. Today, I open the door of my heart and invite Jesus Christ into my heart to be my Saviour and Lord.

I repent of my sins and ask you to please forgive me. By faith, I welcome Jesus Christ into my life right now and I receive the gift of eternal life, in Jesus’ name, amen.

If you prayed the above prayer committing your life to Christ, I say congratulations. Now you will see the difference it makes when you celebrate Christmas with the Celebrant – Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

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It’s Now Wrong To Call Britain
A Christian Country!

by Pastor Vincent Imwensi

I didn’t say so – I read it in the news. A group of over 50 leading scientists, authors and academicians recently wrote an open letter to the Prime minister to challenge him for referring to Great Britain as a Christian country.

According to them: “We wish to object to his repeated mischaracterising of our country as a ‘Christian country’ and the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view engenders…Repeated surveys, polls, and studies show most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities and at a social level, Britain has been shaped for the better by many pre-Christian, non-Christian, and post-Christian forces…We are a plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives and a largely non-religious society. To constantly claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society.”

A lot of people agree they are right, some think they are wrong while others couldn’t care less. I believe this indeed is food for thought.

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Stating the obvious
One of the ironies of life as I have come to find out is that a lot of times, people don’t want you to say things the way they are. They want you to meander around the truth and make clever indirect references to the obvious. It is called “tact” and often hailed as wisdom.

It is like telling someone that he or she is selfish. That person will hate you for saying so but meanwhile, he/she is someone who thinks only of himself (or herself) and doesn’t care what happens to other people (as long as he or she is fine).

So as far as this matter goes, sad as it may sound, I think there is a lot of truth in their objection to calling Britain a Christian country.

If it is to be based on past history and a few residual Christian traditions here and there, they will be wrong to say that Britain is not a Christian country but if it is based on the lifestyle, interests, priorities and values of the majority of the people in Britain today, I would say, they are more right than they are wrong.

 The Proof Is Everywhere
If you think they are wrong, go to most churches on Sunday mornings and see how few the congregants are.

In comparison, watch any game-show on the television (be it quiz, football or just any game) and see the multitudes that faithfully sit to watch, giggle and laugh in the name of having fun. It reminds one of what a church congregation used to be.

Go out to the street to preach the gospel to passers bye and see the disdain with which you will be treated by most people.

Make mention of God or Jesus in your place of work and see what happens to you.
Recently, a Christian doctor was sacked for emailing prayer to his colleagues to lift their spirits. He went to the employment tribunal and his sack was upheld. He had committed an unpardonable crime.

In 2009, a Christian nurse in Somerset was suspended from duty after offering to pray for an elderly patient in her care. It is not that she prayed for the patient but that she offered to do so. It was the patient who reported her for daring to make that offer to her.

And there are so many other anti-God, anti-Church, anti-Christ and anti-Christian practices that are enthusiastically embraced and accepted in the British way of life today.
Does that sound like a Christian nation? I don’t think so.

Let’s Call A Spade A Spade.
I read a comment on this subject where someone who asserts that this is a Christian nation said that Christianity is not about going to church on a Sunday but rather about values, ethics, etc.

That is like saying that being a student is not about going to school and attending classes; being an employee is not about leaving your home every day to go to work; being a doctor is not about working in the hospital, etc. That is called begging the question.

I think like many people often do, he was trying to explain and justify the deplorable church attendance situation in Britain. According to Gallup International, 90% of people in Britain do not go to church.

And I wonder what Christian values and ethics he is talking about. Is it the gross sexual immorality that has become a way of life among many Britons? Or is it the divorces, the gay marriages, the silent murders of many innocent unborn babies in the name of abortion, the gun and knife crimes to mention a few?

The situation is such that to even say that these practices are ungodly is an offense to many people and I won’t be surprised if anyone reading this article right now is offended at me for pointing these things out as unbiblical and unchristianly.

Britain Was Once At The Forefront Of Christianity.
On a closer look, I don’t agree that it is right to say that Britain is not a Christian country but rather that Britain is NO LONGER a Christian country.

There was a time when Britain was a beacon of the gospel light to many countries and continents around the world.
In school we were taught about people like Mary Slessor, David Livingstone and a host of others who came to Africa as missionaries to bring us the gospel light and to help put an end to many ungodly practices such as human sacrifices and the like.

And shall we forget the giants of the faith that hailed from Great Britain who were mightily used of God to bless the whole world with the message of the gospel?
People like Smith Wigglesworth, David Brainerd, John Wesley, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts, Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon, John Knox, William Booth, John Bunyan, and many others too numerous to mention.

I Will Be Forever Grateful.
Personally, my life was greatly influenced by a British missionary by name Miss Night.
She used to visit my village back then when I was a little boy. She would gather a lot of us kids together in the church building and would teach us about Jesus.

She used pictures and slides to tell us the story of Jesus. Her teachings were so electrifying and interesting and left a big impression on my young heart. I never used to miss those meetings and anytime I was deprived of the opportunity to go, I used to cry.

She demonstrated how Jesus healed the sick, helped the oppressed and turned impossible situations around. That was when Jesus Christ became my childhood hero.

The good seeds she sowed in my young heart laid the foundation for the rest of my life for which I am forever grateful.

How Are The Mighty Fallen!
So many of us grew up thinking of Britain as the home of Christianity and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and I don’t think we were too far from the truth then.

But to now come to a point where referring to Britain as a Christian country is considered an offence and a misrepresentation, is unfortunate indeed. And it is even more so when you realize that there is a great deal of truth in that.

Even though being a godless and secular nation is hailed by many as a good thing, in the light of truth, that is preposterous.

It is indeed lamentable and regrettable. I can’t help thinking to myself, “how are the mighty fallen!”

How can a nation that used to send out the gospel around the world now come to a point where the mere mention of God in its public life is an offence? That pains my heart. Britain, what happened to you?

Others Protect Theirs, But Britain Throws Hers Away
Many countries around the world are very protective and proud of their religious heritage and identity – especially in the East. Unlike the West, they are not ashamed to bring their religious beliefs into their public life.

I travelled to the East last year and boarded Qatar airways. When you get on board, they leave you in no doubt as to their religious identity. They let you know that the meals they are going to give you have been prepared in accordance with Islamic laws and customs.

When you land at their airports – whether in the arrival hall, check-in counters or departure halls, the workers are dressed in their religious gowns and they are not ashamed of it. And right there at the airport, there is a mosque.
You see, political correctness has not been allowed to replace their religious beliefs.

Many Britons travel there and they see all these and none of them complain – they faithfully follow whatever rules they’re given.

They Visit Temples And Shrines In Other Places
Furthermore, many Britons travel to religious sites and shrines around the world. In some of those places, they are asked to remove their shoes before they can enter the temple and they do so without complaint.

Yes, and that includes high ranking government officials and dignitaries – they pull off their shoes and walk bare footed into these “holy” places to bow down before whatever is worshipped there without questions.

Sometimes, in addition to removing their shoes, they are given religious clothes and paraphernalia to wear and they count it an honour to put such on. But back home, it is a different story – don’t tell them to go to church, it’s an offense and to some, it is even an insult!

Somebody Ought To Ask Why.

The truth is that many of those in Britain today who are anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-Christ and anti-Church have their own religious identity where they came from originally and they do not compromise their beliefs.
They do not preach secularism and humanism when they go back home. And who can blame them for doing so here? The fault is not theirs.

Somebody ought to ask: “what happened to our own religious heritage and identity?” Why have we thrown them away? Why has Britain become an empty shell of what she used to be in terms of the Christian faith?

Has God not been good to this country? Why is it an offense to bring God into our public life? Are we smarter and better than those countries where do? If you think we are, think again.

Where Do You Stand In All Of This?
What is happening in Great Britain today – that is, the rejection (or do I say, the deliberate marginalization) of Christianity and everything God, is not the result of one person’s action.  Rather, it is the result of the collective choices, values and preferences that a lot of people living in Britain have decided to embrace.

My question to you dear friend, is, what side do you belong? Are you among those that are turning their backs at God and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? Even if you are not living in Britain, this question is still relevant.

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THIS IS EMBARRASSING:

I Thought Science Knew Everything!

The recent mishap with Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in which 239 people together with the aircraft disappeared (as it were) into the thin air, is a big slap in the face of modern science.

Most people were (and still are) shocked that in this day and hour with all the technological advancements, such a thing could happen and leave the whole world (including the super powers) scratching around for answers.

Up till this very moment, nearly a month after the incidence, all that the world has to go by are speculations, hypothetical calculations and inconclusive deductions based on some floating debris found in the Indian Ocean.
This is embarrassing to science and modern technology to say the least.

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My Heart Reaches Out To Those Affected
For the avoidance of doubt, let me make it clear that this is not an attempt to trivialize the issue or trample upon the feelings of those who lost their loved ones. Far from it!

My heart actually bleeds to think of the anguish that those that lost their loved ones have had to undergo. Just put yourself in their shoes for a moment and you will agree that this must have been a most painful and bitter experience for all concerned.

I therefore extend my deepest sympathy and heart-felt condolences to those affected by this tragic mishap.

I Have Nothing Against Science
Furthermore, I wish to state unequivocally that this is not an attack on science. I have always loved science and even at school I was a core science student. My choice subjects included physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, additional mathematics, etc.
Till today, I am a lover of technology (which is the brain child of science) and it is no wonder that I like electronic gadgets and things digital.

Science And Technology Are A Great Blessing
Science and technology constitute about the greatest wonder of our modern world. This world wouldn’t be what it is today without the immense contributions that have come from science and technology. Just look around – almost in any field of human endeavour, science and technology are redefining the way we live and the quality of the life that we enjoy.
Therefore the value of science is not in question by any means in today’s world.

Where Many Are Getting It Wrong.
The great mistake that many people around the world are making today however, is that they have come to put all their trust in science.

Science has become their God – they believe in it, they trust in it and they totally depend on it. In fact, many are not prepared to believe what you tell them except you can prove it to them scientifically.

That is why many have thrown the Bible out of their lives and why many are not willing to go to church because they will be told to believe what has not been scientifically proven in the science lab.

Many depend on science as if it has all the answers to the issues of human life – but does it?

Science Does Not Know Everything
The disappearance of the Malaysian Flight MH370 is a stark reminder that there is still a big knowledge gap in science.

You will agree with me that a huge aircraft disappearing from the sky is not a spiritual phenomenon – it is physical and material. And there is no reason why with all its technological advancements, the whole world should be caught panting to find answers had it not being that science does not know everything even within its own environment.

Or do you want me to refer to the mysteries around the Bermuda triangle which science has still not been able to solve after these many decades? Let’s not even go there.

Even if all the answers and explanations concerning that Flight were to be found today, that will still not diminish this fact – that science does not know everything. But many people depend on it as if it does.

Even The Super Powers Have Been Beaten Hands Down
If our scientific knowledge was adequate and complete, the answer as to what happened to that Flight should have been provided within the first few hours of its disappearance.

Just think about it – the United States of America, The United Kingdom, Japan, China, Russia, etc – they all struggled to find answers and many still haven’t arrived at any conclusive answer till now!

This is embarrassing – I thought the modern man knows everything (courtesy of science)!

A Pertinent Question
Now here is the big question: since it is clear that there are things that science does not (or does not yet) know even in this physical world, what is the wisdom of resting the eternal destiny of your soul on what scientific knowledge has or has not taught you? What is the wisdom of rejecting biblical truths on scientific grounds?

Like I said earlier, the reason a lot of people are not prepared to believe the Bible these days is because of their reliance on what their scientific knowledge endorses.

What will such people do the day they find out (too late) that there is a whole body of knowledge about their soul that was not within the reach of science? It will be a sad regret. Don’t let that happen to you.

Knowledge Beyond Scientific Proof
Listen to me dear friend, you need to believe the word of God – the Bible. There are many things in it that you may not be able to prove scientifically, but that does not mean that it is not true.

And one of those key truths in the Bible that you need to believe is that your soul needs to be saved. As a human being, you are a sinner (just like anyone else) and one day (when you leave this world), you will stand before your Maker (God) to give account of your life. That is why we all need a Saviour.

If you die and leave this world as an unsaved soul, you won’t like where you find yourself.

This is not intended to frighten you or anything like that (no one gains anything by doing that). This is the simple truth and you need to believe it.

You Need To Be Saved (if you are not already)
That was why Jesus came to this world. He died to pay for your sins and mine.

But since God will not force this salvation on anyone, it is only those who ask for it that get it. So for you to be forgiven of your sins, you need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to save your soul.

When you do so sincerely, He will save your soul. This is knowledge that you must not ignore. Click here to find out more.

Scientific knowledge does not cover everything – especially things that are spiritual, things that have to do with the eternal destiny of your soul. Don’t place a blind trust on science.

Make sure you are saved or born again (if you are not already) and the earlier to get that sorted the better. More information is available here.

FREE Is Not Always Cheap!

by Pastor Vincent Imwensi

There is often a tendency for many people to treat what is free as “cheap.” Consequently they take it for granted and treat it as a thing of little or no value. But that is a big error and in many cases, nothing could be further from the truth!

Christmas has just passed and one of the main activities for which Christmas is known is that it is a time of giving and receiving gifts.

Do you realise how expensive it can be to get a fitting present for some people you love? Not just in terms of money alone but the huge amount of effort and time that go into searching and finding the right gift for certain individuals. And when you finally buy the gift you are looking for, you wrap it up nicely and give it out for free to the one you intended it for.

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The question is, was it cheap simply because you gave it out for free? Certainly not! To the recipient, it is free but to you the giver, it was sacrificial and expensive.

If you pay peanuts, you will hire monkeys: yes but …..
That is a common saying meaning that you get what you pay for and that the cheaper it is, the lower the quality. In a number of cases, that is true. There are things that are of little or no value and when such things are given out for free, it is understandable why people take them lightly.

But what becomes wrong is when that attitude becomes our yardstick for quality assessment and the binoculars through which we look at everything that is free.

We ought to know the difference between what is cheap and free and what is costly but given out free. Failure to make that demarcation is what has left many people behaving in a most ungrateful manner without knowing it.

Too expensive to carry a price tag
The reason some things are given free is because they are too costly to carry a price tag – they are invaluable. Putting a fair price on such things will put them out of reach to the multitudes that need them.

Do you realize that some of the most expensive things in life are free? For instance, the air we breathe in, the water that we drink, the sound health that we enjoy, (etc..), are all free and yet they are often taken for granted until we have to pay for them.

When for example, people suffer kidney failure and their bodily system has to be kept working through dialysis, do you know how much that costs per day? Many times, the dialysis machine has to be switched off before treatment is completed and the patient dies because it is no longer affordable to keep the patient alive (except for those who are very rich).

And yet those, whose kidneys function properly as to need no dialysis, often take it for granted. There are a host of other examples that I could give right now to illustrate this fact but I am sure you get the point.

God knew we couldn’t pay so He offered it for free!
The salvation of our soul is something that is so expensive that no human being could afford it, so God offered it for free. That was why He sent Jesus Christ His Son into this world to die to save sinners free of charge.

The scriptures tell is that “… God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The salvation that is offered to us free is the most expensive thing under the sun. It cost Jesus Christ unimaginable torture and persecution in the hands of His enemies plus a precarious death on the cross of Calvary. He did all that so that our sins could be paid for and so that we might receive salvation free of charge.

Why are so many people rejecting the gospel?
There may be several reasons but I believe one of the main reasons is because it is free and therefore in the thinking of many, it is cheap and of little value. But how wrong they are!

Regarding the Christmas presents that you gave out, how would you feel if the recipients of those gifts (that had cost you so much time, effort and money) regard the gifts as cheap simply because you gave it to them for free?
That would hurt your feelings, wouldn’t it? That is how God feels when people snub the gospel message and turn down the offer of free salvation by faith in Christ Jesus.

The wisdom of gratitude versus the folly of ingratitude
When something of value is given out for free, wisdom demands that the recipients should acknowledge such with a sense of gratitude – that is the proper response.

The truth is that nothing of value is actually free. It may have been given out for free, but it has cost the giver a lot.
Therefore to snub, belittle or take such benefits for granted, not only demonstrates gross ingratitude, it echoes the very opposite of wisdom (and that has a name – figure it out!).

Let me seize this opportunity to thank many of the users of this blogsite who have left encouraging comments to say how much they appreciate the fact that very valuable insight and information are being given out on this blogsite for free. A big thanks to all of you. Such gratitude and sincere appreciation act as impetus for me to keep it flowing.

Don’t reject God’s gift of salvation
Don’t be among those who snub and reject the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every man born of a woman is in need of salvation (whether they realize it or not).

Without salvation, eternity holds a very bleak prospect for the human soul. This salvation is being offered free of charge – not because it is cheap but because it is beyond what we can merit or afford.
Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and asking Him to save your soul is the way to receive this wonderful gift. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to do it right away. Click here to find out how.