When we act with compassion…we experience a taste of the Divine.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
This is not a threat about eternal punishment! It’s a simple statement of truth.
Remember…if God is love then there is nothing to fear.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)
Jesus would alternately use the phrases “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God.”
He would sometimes say that the kingdom of God “is at hand.” (Mark 1:15; Matthew 4:17)
When a scribe who questioned Jesus understood that the greatest Commandments were to love God and your neighbor as yourself…Jesus said that he was “not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34)
The kingdom of God could break into the present moment whenever someone loved God, neighbor and self. In other words, whenever someone did the will of God.
A person can go to church, do rituals, say prayers and repeatedly utter words like “Lord, Lord”…but if that person isn’t also living the gospel…being Jesus’ hands and feet in the world…doing the will of God…carrying out acts of love…then he or she is not entering…or experiencing…the kingdom of God.
It’s the simple truth!
Experiencing the kingdom of God requires both faith and action…which will only happen by way of a transformed heart.
And for that to happen…many times it will require that you go through a painful struggle so you can truly experience God’s unconditional love and mercy.
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Remember…God loves you!