A Matter of Life and Death

Jesus rebuking Satan“Before man are life and death, whichever he chooses shall be given to him.”  Sirach 15:17

     Each man has a free will, a choice to do good or evil.  And, the difference between the two?  Life or death!  When evil or wrongdoing rules our lives we are dead, dead to Grace.  When goodness or truth rules our lives we are alive, alive to Light.

     God created each of us giving us full reign over our lives.  We cannot blame Him when we choose to live outside of His Grace.  We cannot blame His rules, His commandments.  He gives us these as a roadmap to Life Eternal with Him.  For some of us, the choice is extemely hard.  Evil is charming, evil is tempting, evil is addictive.  Goodness is difficult to achieve, but it too can be charming, tempting, and addictive.  With evil comes penalties; with goodness comes rewards.  However, both the penalties and the rewards are eternal.

     The choice is ours and we must understand the magnitude of our choice.  It is a matter of Life and death.

     “The eyes of God see all he has made; he understands man’s every deed.  No man does he command to sin, to none does he give strength for lies.”  Sirach 15:19-20

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