Dying is scary. Living forever? Actually….equally scary. It sends some weird shiver through the body. This bothered me for a LONG time. Then…I had a revelation.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Please note the last 3 words. Read them again.
Prior to being married, I was in Fort Benning, GA at Infantry Officer School and doing nightly Bible studies with my brother (via email just like today). I realized this question bothered me A LOT. But my brother and sister and I are very close. And I was thinking about just how much I loved them and realized that it could never cease. Never. It is an eternal, absolute, “got your back” love.
What does this have to do with eternity? It may seem like a stretch connecting the dots but stay with me. I couldn’t imagine ME living forever. But, I absolutely could not imagine not loving them. Therefore, love is eternal. Because love is eternal and God is love, I know eternity is real because I know love is real. Again, may seem odd, but to me, I know my love will never cease. I know that if God is love, and love is eternal, I know there is a heaven where love continues.
Bonus? I’m married with 3 kids ….guess who else I get eternity with? I will get to see my Christian grandparents again, and whenever I temporarily separate from other Christians friends and family……well, if you have the faith of a mustard seed.(read previously title article)